Red Bull to make own engines from 2022 following takeover of Honda operation
Red Bull will make their own engines from 2022 after agreeing to take over Honda’s Formula One operation.
Honda are leaving the sport at the end of the year, but the new deal allows Red Bull to continue using the Japanese manufacturer’s technology, and means they do not have to become a customer of rivals’ Ferrari or Renault.
The agreement with Honda will run through until 2025 when F1 introduces the next generation of engines. Last week, the sport announced a freeze on engine development from the start of next year.
Red Bull motorsport advisor Dr Helmut Marko said: “We have been discussing this topic with Honda for some time and following the FIA’s decision to freeze power unit development from 2022, we could at last reach an agreement regarding the continued use of Honda’s hybrid power units.
“The establishment of Red Bull Powertrains Limited is a bold move by Red Bull but it is one we have made after careful and detailed consideration.
“We are aware of the huge commitment required but we believe the creation of this new company is the most competitive option for both teams.”
Red Bull hope the move will enable them to take the fight to Mercedes who have won the past seven drivers’ and constructors’ championships.
Red Bull’s star driver Max Verstappen finished third in the standings last year behind Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.
Red Bull team principal Christian Horner said: “This agreement represents a significant step for Red Bull in its Formula One journey.
“We were understandably disappointed when Honda made the decision to leave the sport as an engine manufacturer, as our relationship yielded immediate success, but we are grateful for their support in facilitating this new agreement.”