RedBull switches to Honda power for 2019

Red Bull has decided to switch from the current Renault engine to Honda power units for 2019-20.

The Milton Keynes team won four world championships between 2010 and 2013 in its 12-year partnership with the French engine maker.

But, after the beginning of the turbo hybrid era, the partnership had come under a lot of strain as Renault struggled to match the performance of the Mercedes and Ferrari engines.

Based on their internal analysis of the Renault and Honda engines, Red Bull believes the Japanese engine will be more competitive in the next two seasons.

The outfit’s team principal Christian Horner said: “This multi-year agreement with Honda signals the start of an exciting new phase in Red Bull Racing’s efforts to compete not just for grand prix wins but for what is always our goal – championship titles.

“We have always taken decisions such as this dispassionately and with only one criteria in mind – do we believe the outcome will allow us to compete at a higher level? After careful consideration and evaluation, we are certain this partnership with Honda is the right direction for the team.”

Speaking about the new deal, Honda’s president Takahiro Hachigo said: “Having two teams means we can access twice as much data as previously.

“We believe that working with both Toro Rosso and Red Bull Racing will allow us to get closer to our goal of winning races and championships, building two strong partnerships.

“Discussions proceeded very quickly, thanks to Red Bull’s open and respectful attitude towards Honda, leading to a deal that is fair and equitable for all parties.”

The deal is a big vote of confidence for Honda after McLaren decided to walk away from the Japanese manufacturer nine months ago.

Speaking of their time together with Renault, Horner said: “We would like to thank Renault for the past 12 years, a period during which we experienced some incredible moments together,” said Horner.

“We have sometimes had our differences but Renault has always worked tirelessly and to the best of its ability to provide us with a competitive power unit.”

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