Red Bull to collaborate with Honda beyond 2021

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Red Bull's special Honda livery for the Turkish GP. October 2021

Red Bull's special Honda livery for the Turkish GP. October 2021

It has been announced that Red Bull and Honda will continue to collaborate beyond the end of the 2021 season.

The Japanese manufacturer is to leave Formula 1 at the end of the current campaign with Red Bull supplying their own engines after that.

When that move was announced, it was expected that Honda would continue to assist the team initially in 2022 by providing some staff and intellectual property, and that has now been confirmed.

What’s more, the two parties will continue to work together away from the world of F1 too beyond that too.

“Red Bull’s collaboration with Honda has been enormously successful and while our relationship in Formula 1 is changing, neither of us wish for that to be the end of the story,” said Christian Horner in a statement.

“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.

“Equally as exciting is the news that our collaboration with Honda will extend to a variety of motorsport activities, from driver development to other racing disciplines and even across the wider sporting world.

“This stretch of Honda’s Formula 1 voyage is coming to an end but together we are embarking on a new and fascinating journey.”

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Specifically, Red Bull stated that the two will work together “on a variety of motorsport activities, encompassing the transition of power unit development from Honda to Red Bull Powertrains, young driver development, marketing and branding initiatives, as well as competitive activity across a range of motorsport disciplines.”

Honda’s work with the team will now be part of Honda Racing Corporation, the division responsible for their motorcycle activities.


“I’m glad that we have reached an agreement with Red Bull Group covering all the details of the IP rights for the F1 Power Unit and in this way, Honda can still contribute to the motor racing world,” said Koji Watanabe, their chief officer for brand and communication operations.

“We are now working hard to strengthen HRC’s structure, so that it can ensure our fans will be able to continue to enjoy Honda’s role in all types of motorsport.”


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Red Bull and Honda to continue to work together beyond 2021

Red Bull and Honda have announced they'll continue to work together beyond the end of the 2021 campaign, which makes sense for both parties.