‘Makes sense’ if Red Bull and Honda discuss extending the relationship

Red Bull boss Christian Horner said it would make sense if the team and Honda discussed extending their relationship beyond 2025..

The Milton Keynes group is fully intent on becoming independent in 2026 and producing its own power units, making it self-reliant and not having to worry about engine quality from a third-party manufacturer.

In fact, they have used the likes of Ferrari, Renault and Honda Power during their time on the grid, to varying levels of success, and with Honda indicating their intention to leave Formula One at the end of 2021, Red Bull has revealed their plans to build a car. A plant at their base would allow them to produce their own power units.

The plan is for that to be fully operational for 2026 as the sport’s new engine regulations come into play, and between then and now, Honda will continue to provide technical and track support, with the impact of existing Red Bull Powertrains units still continuing. By Japanese brand technology in RB18.

With Porsche now out of the scene over a potential collaboration with the project for 2026 onwards, though, there is still an opening, if fitting for both, for Honda to remain involved with Red Bull in some form, and Horner has not ruled that out. .

“With the new rules for 2026, it’s a whole new situation,” he said via Speed ​​Week.

Honda justified its exit by focusing on electrification of production cars, but with new regulations and a 50-50 split between combustion and electric motors, there is an interesting new situation.

“It would be logical and interesting to discuss the new situation with Honda, but it is not urgent.”

WASS, Belgium – AUGUST 27: Christian Horner, Team Principal, Red Bull Racing attends the team chiefs’ press conference before final training ahead of the Formula 1 Grand Prix of Belgium at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps on August 27, 2022 in Spa, Belgium. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

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Helmut Marko revealed earlier this month that he was going to Japan to discuss the situation with Honda on the back of Porsche’s meltdown, and so, while Red Bull and their independent engine project are advancing at full steam, we may be seeing Honda share more in the past. end of 2025.

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