Helmut Marko has praised Honda’s role in Red Bull’s success after it was confirmed that the partnership between the two sides has been extended until the end of 2025.
Whilst Honda officially withdrew from Formula 1 at the end of 2021, the manufacturer agreed to continue to provide technical assistance to the Red Bull Powertrains department with the current power units being raced by Red Bull and AlphaTauri.
The initial technical agreement had provided for support until the end of 2023, but it has been announced that this will now run until the end of 2025 following the success of the partnership.
Marko thanks Honda for role in supporting Red Bull
Red Bull advisor Marko has expressed his thanks to Honda for their continued support, and voiced his hopes that they can clinch both championships in 2022.
“We thank Honda for their positive response to working together,” Marko said.
“We are excited to continue our partnership in F1 until the end of 2025 with the PU supplied by Honda.
“We have had a successful relationship so far, winning the Drivers’ championship in 2021 and currently leading the Drivers’ and Teams’ classifications, with the aim of securing both 2022 titles.”
Horner pleased with “incredibly successful” partnership
Christian Horner joined Marko in celebrating the news, having commented: “Red Bull’s partnership with Honda has been an incredibly successful one and we are pleased that this will continue until the end of the current era of the FIA’s power unit regulations in 2025.”
With new engine regulations being introduced into the sport in 2026, Red Bull Powertrains are set to manufacture their own power units from then onwards.
Koji Watanabe, President of Honda Racing Corporation, added: “We have agreed to continue supporting Red Bull Powertrains in Formula 1 through HRC, following Red Bull’s request to extend our current agreement, which HRC can meet within its existing resources.
“Once again, we aim to use our involvement in the pinnacle of motorsport for the development of technologies and of our workforce.”