Red Bull to use own-branded Honda F1 powertrains into 2022 regulations

The Red Bull Racing F1 team has continued their use of Honda powertrains under their own official supplier name until 2025.

Following the recent agreement of the 2022 power unit development freeze, Red Bull will continue to use Honda F1 powertrains for both the Red Bull Racing and Scuderia AlphaTauri teams.

The project will be under the newly-formed Red Bull Powertrains Limited company, a division to operate at the Milton Keynes headquarters.

Red Bull Motorsport Advisor, Dr Helmut Marko, said: “We have been discussing this topic with Honda for some time and following the FIA’s decision to freeze power unit development from 2022, we could at last reach an agreement regarding the continued use of Honda’s hybrid power units.”

Marko expressed Red Bull’s gratefulness to establish this form of collaboration despite the official departure of the Honda engine manufacturer in Formula 1.

Honda spent five years in the hybrid era, with a troublesome and uncompetitive F1 return in their first three years with McLaren.

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Their partnership moved with then-Toro Rosso squad in 2018, to then extend to both Red Bull teams from 2019.

Christian Horner, Red Bull Racing Team Principal, added: “This agreement represents a significant step for Red Bull in its Formula One journey.

“We were understandably disappointed when Honda made the decision to leave the sport as an engine manufacturer, as our relationship yielded immediate success, but we are grateful for their support in facilitating this new agreement.

“Honda has invested significantly in hybrid technology to ensure the supply of competitive power units to both teams.

“We now begin the work of bringing the power unit division in-house and integrating the new facilities and personnel into our Technology Campus.

“In the meantime, we are fully focused on achieving the best possible results in what will be Honda’s final season as an official power unit supplier.”