Red Bull have switched to the Japanese engine supplier, Honda, it has been revealed.
The move sees the team drop its long time partner Renault in favour of the previous supplier of McLaren, an unsuccessful partnership.
Honda have been supplying sister team, Toro Rosso since the start of the season, obviously Red Bull have had access to the data and are happy with the results and potential progress.
“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 boss Christian Horner on the two-year deal.
“After careful consideration and evaluation we are certain this partnership with Honda is the right direction for the team. We have been impressed by Honda’s commitment to F1, by the rapid steps they have made in recent times with our sister team Scuderia Toro Rosso, and by the scope of their ambition, which matches our own.”
It will be interesting to see the progress they make as McLaren obviously couldn’t get it to work, although their involvement was somewhat rushed to begin with.
Renault have called the split a ‘natural evolution’.