Honda left Formula 1 at the conclusion of 2021 after helping Max Verstappen of Red Bull win his first F1 World Championship. The Honda engine IP was later acquired by Red Bull Powertrains, a new business founded by the Austrian organisation, with assistance from the Japanese business thanks to a support arrangement. Red Bull is now in the lead in both championships, while the AlphaTauri squad is also powered by the power units.
When a brand-new set of power unit regulations is expected to take effect at the end of 2025, the technological relationship with Honda, which was originally only supposed to endure until the end of 2023, will now continue through that date. Honda has made it clear that their partnership with Red Bull “does not include PU development” or the deployment of additional resources. This will let Honda to keep pursuing their own carbon-neutral objectives.
Koji Watanabe, CEO of Honda Racing Corporation, added: “We have agreed to continue supporting Red Bull Power Trains 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.”