Published: Thu, June 21, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Red Bull confirms engine switch for 2019

Red Bull confirms engine switch for 2019

When Red Bull took over the ailing Jaguar squad in 2005 Honda was itself re-emerging as a Formula 1 contender, taking podiums - and a win - with Jenson Button.

As a result of their split, Honda joined forces with Red Bull for two seasons i.e. 2019 and 2010.

Red Bull have used Cosworth, Ferrari and Renault engines in the past without ever having a major manufacturer focused exclusively on their two teams.

"Having two teams means we can access twice as much data as previously", said Honda president Takahiro Hachigo.

McLaren blamed Honda for their miserable failings in recent years, and paid roughly 60 million pounds ($A107.5 million) to severe ties with the Japanese manufacturer midway through their long-term deal.

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He added: "We've been in a privileged position to have a front row seat to monitor the progress of how Honda have been getting on in our sister team at Toro Rosso versus our own power supply. We look forward to working with Honda in the coming years and to racing together in pursuit of F1's biggest prizes". "We are proud of the extraordinary results achieved with Red Bull Racing over 12 seasons; incl four Drivers' / Constructors' World Championships & 57 wins together".

That led Red Bull to consider an early termination of its contract with Renault, and triggered dalliances with Mercedes and Honda that came to nothing at the time.

Ricciardo, 28, is interested in a move to Mercedes or Ferrari, but it is probable that Valtteri Bottas will be retained alongside Lewis Hamilton by the former.

Honda powers the Red Bull-owned Toro Rosso cars and has notably improved the performance of its engine since the termination of its three year partnership with McLaren.

Officially, the engine manufacturers were supposed to advise the FIA who they would be supplying in 2019 by mid-May, but Red Bull missed deadline after deadline, the Austrian outfit eventually claiming that it would announce its decision around the time of its home (Austrian) Grand Prix. ".Renault has always worked tirelessly and to the best of its ability to provide us with a competitive power unit".

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Honda returned to F1 as an engine supplier in 2015. Many F1 experts felt that Ricciardo was waiting for Red Bull's engine decision before making his decision to re-sign. The difference in speed between Red Bull and Mercedes appears less than before, although Ferrari remains noticeably quicker. "It has won several championships and this year too it has already won some races".

With this announcement, the 2018 season brings to an end the team's 12-year deal with current power unit supplier Renault.

"However, it is Honda's nature to always aspire to a very high target, and I think that's what makes Honda Honda".

That Renault played a part in Red Bull's ultra-successful title run with Sebastian Vettel is indisputable, particularly its role in mastering the blown diffuser in 2011, though it was also aided by a period of frozen engine development.

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