Taking as a source of inspiration the Honda RA 272 who achieved the first victory in the F1 at Mexican GP de 1965 with the american Richie ginther as a pilot, Red Bull Racing decided to redecorate its F.1 and present a new livery in the Turkish GP this weekend. The reason has not only been rpay tribute to the Japanese brand, which is retired from the category at the end of the year, but also submit a new collaboration agreement.
The agreement establishes that the Austrian team and the Japanese firm work together on a variety of activities within motorsports, covering the transition from Honda's power unit development to Red Bull Powertrains, the development of young pilots, marketing and branding initiatives, as well as competitive activities in a wide range of disciplines.
In Formula 1, Red Bull Powertrains will have right to use intellectual property of Honda in relation to the power unit from 2022. While Honda will support Red Bull Powertrains by mounting the engines, providing engineering assistance on the track and assisting in race operations over the next year.
From 2023, RBPT will assume responsibility for all manufacturing and maintenance of Red Bull Racing and Scuderia AlphaTauri engines. In addition, to ensure the continuity of the team, there will be a transfer of employees from Honda Racing Development UK to Red Bull Powertrains.
Beyond Formula 1, Red Bull and Honda will continue to work together on their respective young driver programs. The Red Bull Junior Team and Honda Formula Dream Project will partner to further grow motorsports in Japan, with the ultimate goal of promoting new generations of Japanese drivers to the highest levels of world motorsports, as has happened with Yuki tsunoda in F.1.
Red Bull and Honda too expand their cooperation to create a joint presence in various forms of motorsports, in other sports and broader activities in order to expand the reach of both brands and, in particular, promoting Honda's innovative mobility products to a wider audience and helping the company achieve its stated goal of achieving carbon neutrality in all of its operations.
“I am glad that we have reached an agreement with the Red Bull Group that covers all the details of the intellectual property rights of the F.1 power unit. In this way, Honda can still contribute to the world of motorsports. We are now working hard to strengthen the structure of HRC, so that it can ensure that our fans can continue to enjoy Honda's role in all types of motorsports. ", he claimed Koji watanabe, director of brand operations and communication at Honda
While Christian horner, CEO and Team Principal of Red Bull Racing Honda, said: “Red Bull's collaboration with Honda has been enormously successful and while our relationship in Formula 1 is changing, none of us want that to be the end of the story. We are very pleased that our ambitious and exciting Red Bull Powertrains project will have strong technical and operational support from Honda in 2022 and this will help ensure that Red Bull's transition to power unit and chassis manufacturer status is seamless. "
And then the team-manager added: “Just as exciting is the news that our collaboration with Honda will extend to a variety of motorsport activities, from driver development to other racing disciplines and even across the sporting world in general. This leg of Honda's Formula 1 journey is coming to an end, but together we embark on a fascinating new journey. "