As expected, Honda will maintain its close support for the two Red Bull F1 teams in 2022, while the 2023 season will see the transfer of full control of the power supply to the new Red Bull engine unit.
Some Honda Racing Development UK employees will move to the new Red Bull unit to help with continuity. The two companies will also continue to work together on projects outside of Formula One.
A statement from Red Bull read: “The diversification agreement will see the Red Bull and Honda group of companies working together on a variety of motorsport activities, transferring the development of power units from Honda to Red Bull Powertrains, as well as developing young drivers, marketing initiatives, as well as competitive activities. in a spectrum of motorsports categories.
“Red Bull Powertrains will have the right to use Honda’s intellectual property to manufacture power units starting in the 2022 F1 season,” he added.
“While Honda will support Red Bull Powertrains in power unit assembly, track engineering and racing operations in 2022, that unit will take over the manufacturing and servicing of the Red Bull Racing and Alpha Tauri engines from 2023.”
Red Bull confirmed that its Junior Team and Honda Formula Dream project will continue to work to find young Japanese drivers to follow in Yuki Tsunoda’s footsteps.
Red Bull team principal Christian Horner said this continued support in 2022 would be invaluable.
“Red Bull’s collaboration with Honda has been incredibly successful, and while our relationship in F1 is changing, none of us want to end this story,” he said.
“We are extremely pleased that the exciting and ambitious Red Bull Powertrains project has received Honda’s technical and operational support in 2022, and this will help ensure Red Bull’s transition to becoming a F1 chassis and power unit manufacturer.”
Honda has made it clear that its motorsports activities, including supporting Red Bull in 2022, will come under the umbrella of Honda Racing, the division that was and still is responsible for the company’s motorcycle activities.
“This is to strengthen Honda’s operations and brand in motorsport, by more efficiently integrating the technologies and expertise we have gained from the motorsport and motorsport worlds,” Honda said.