Red Bull has confirmed today that it will leave Renault after 12 years together and use Honda power units from 2019.
The deal, which last 2 years, will see Red Bull join sister team Toro Rosso as Honda customers giving Honda more chance to collect data to improve their performance and reliability.
“This multi-year agreement with Honda signals the start of an exciting new phase in Aston Martin Red Bull Racing’s efforts to compete not just for Grand Prix wins but for what is always our goal – championship titles.“ said Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner.
Red Bull join F1 in 2005 and started using Renault engines in 2007. Since then the pairing has taken 57 victories and 4 consecutive world championship doubles.
But once the 2014 engine regulations came into effect Renault struggled to match Mercedes and Ferrari and Red Bull hasn’t been a serious title contender since.
Takahiro Hachigo, President & Representative Director of Honda Motor Co. 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.”
“We would like to thank Renault for the past 12 years,” Horner added.
“A period during which we experienced some incredible moments together. 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. That is still the case today and we would like to thank the Renault team, and particularly the guys in our garage at every race, for their unstinting commitment and we look forward to ending our partnership on a high come the end of this season. Our focus for the rest of this year is still very much on delivering the best results possible in the 2018 Championship and we wish Renault Sport all the best for the future.”