Honda and Red Bull Will Work Together in F1 Throughout 2022

Honda and Red Bull Will Work Together in F1 Throughout 2022


Red Bull will use Honda’s intellectual property and get Honda’s support throughout the 2022 season.

After returning to Formula 1 in 2015, Honda is living its best life yet. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen is currently at the top of the driver’s standings, and the team is on second place trailing Mercedes by only 23 points in the constructor’s standings with five races remaining in the season. Yet, after this success, Honda will be leaving Formula 1 at the end of this season.

The announcement shocked the world last year. After a disorderly relationship with McLaren than ended in 2017, Honda started supplying engines for Toro Rosso in 2018, with the partnership expanding one year later to Red Bull. Since then, Red Bull’s success has taken off, finishing second place last year and giving Mercedes a tough time at the circuit.

But why retire when you’re leaving the dream? Honda plans to become a carbon neutral company, and the need to spend resources in developing electric vehicles caused the company to step out of Formula 1.

More recently, Honda and Red Bull announced a joint partnership that will last throughout the 2022 season, where Red Bull Powertrains will use the intellectual property of Honda’s power units, and Honda will build the 2022 engines and provide trackside and race operation support throughout the season. “And from 2023, Red Bull Powertrains will take responsibility for all manufacturing and servicing of Red Bull Racing and Scuderia AlphaTauri’s engines,” according to a statement.

That last part was reiterated by Masashi Yamamoto, Honda F1 managing director after the 2021 U.S. Grand Prix in Austin, Texas. Asked whether a one-year transition was enough for Red Bull to learn all the know-hows Honda has learned over its long history in Formula 1 (Honda has been racing in F1 for 27 seasons), Yamamoto-san said through a translator that the challenge won’t be easy, but they must make it work. “We have to work together with our engineers, and we will do our best,” he said during a press conference.

While all Honda Racing Development employees in the U.K. ‘s Milton Keynes headquarters will become employees of Red Bull Powertrains, it will be a busy year for the two companies for the transition to go smoothly.

“We are very pleased that our ambitious and exciting Red Bull Powertrains project will be strongly supported by Honda, technically and operationally, in 2022 and this will help ensure that Red Bull’s transition to the status of chassis and power unit manufacturer is seamless,” said Red Bull’s team principal Christian Horner in a statement.

Although Honda is leaving the sport, the automaker is making a strong push until the end. This weekend we saw the Acura logos on the wings of all four cars, the driver’s suits, and visors. It was a special moment for the brand, especially after getting two podiums in a close race.

It hasn’t been decided whether the Honda sponsorship will continue on Red Bull and AlphaTauri’s cars next year, and with Honda’s home track of Suzuka not hosting a race this year due to the pandemic, there’s hope Japanese fans will see the familiar logos on the cars one more time.


Red Bull And Honda’s Future For F1 2022 Revealed

Honda will cease to be an engine supplier in Formula One at the conclusion of the season, but the Japanese company has revealed that they will continue to collaborate with Red Bull on a variety of initiatives. Sounds crazy right? Two giants collaborating with each other?

Red Bull and Honda have announced that they will continue to collaborate in motorsport exercises in the upcoming year, with Honda providing assistance to Red Bull’s new power trains department as well as partnering with the Austrian team on a young driver programme and advertising campaigns. Honda has been supplying engines to Red Bull since 2019, but the company stated last year that it will exit Formula One at the end of 2021 to devote its R&D efforts on electric mobility.

Red Bull had previously committed to utilise the IP for Honda’s power units beyond 2021, and to carry over the engine’s manufacture and maintenance at Red Bull Power trains, a forthcoming centre in Milton Keynes.

5 ways Red Bull can keep Honda’s engine in F1 for 2022

Since Honda announced its decision to quit F1 at the end of 2021, it has emerged that Red Bull’s favoured option for engines after that is to find a way to obtain the IP of Honda’s power unit and keep using it with both Red Bull Racing and AlphaTauri. In this video we look at all of Red Bull’s options, including potential partners it could work with to take over the Honda programme, plus its chances of it landing a supply with one of F1’s other manufacturers.

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