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Friday, October 8, 2021

As Honda Exits Formula 1 What's Going To Happen Next To Red Bull?


With Honda exiting Formula 1 at the end of this year, Honda and the Red Bull Group have agreed on a program of cooperation focused on a variety of motorsport activities, including Formula 1, young driver development and other forms of motorsport, as well as encompassing marketing and branding initiatives.

On the matter of the Honda Formula 1 Power Unit (PU), Red Bull Powertrains will have the right to use Honda intellectual property from 2022, as a support for Red Bull Racing and Scuderia AlphaTauri teams.

Honda will support Red Bull Powertrains in building the 2022 PU, and also provide trackside and race operation support from Japan throughout the 2022 season, and from 2023, Red Bull Powertrains will take responsibility for all manufacturing and servicing of Red Bull Racing and Scuderia AlphaTauri’s engines.

Meanwhile, all employees of Honda Racing Development UK (Milton Keynes) will become employees of Red Bull Powertrains.

In addition, Red Bull and Honda will continue to work together on their respective young driver programs, the Red Bull Junior Team and Honda Formula Dream Project, to further promote the growth of motorsport in Japan, with the ultimate goal of getting more Japanese drivers into top-line global motorsport, as has happened with Yuki Tsunoda in Formula 1.

There will also be additional cooperation between the two companies dealing with various forms of motorsport and indeed other sports and marketing activities. As usual, the aim of this particular aspect of the project is to promote Honda’s wide range of mobility products to a wider audience.

In an operational change, all these four-wheeled motorsport activities will now come under the umbrella of HRC (Honda Racing Corporation), the company that has so successfully run Honda’s motorcycle racing activities for many years. This is to strengthen Honda’s motorsport operation and branding, making it more efficient integrating the technologies and experiences we have gained from both four-wheel and motorcycle motorsport activities. Specifically, HRC will support the Red Bull Group’s Formula 1 activity in 2022.

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