Red Bull heads to 2021, well aware that this is technically his final year with Honda as an engine supplier. The pair competed for the first time in the 2019 season, which followed the performance of sister team Toro Rosso in 2018.
But during the 2020 season, Honda announced its intention to opt out of the sport altogether. This left both Red Bull teams in need of an engine supplier since the 2022 season.
However, Red Bull is now close to undertaking Honda engines for its F1 project from 2022. While some complexities still exist, the development of the engine could see progress in the freeze proposal that the acquisition may eventually take place.
Red Bull will take part of Honda’s Milton Keynes facility
A detailed report of ‘The Race’ The states, “Renewed discussion on an early Formula 1 engine development freeze means that Red Bull is closing an agreement to handle Honda’s engine from 2022 onwards.“
Negotiations to resolve it have been completed this year by November and then December, despite Red Bull’s claims. Race believes it is back on the agenda this week and at least two parties involved believe a resolution is close.
The freeze plan for engine development was first discussed by F1 teams in November. But over time, those negotiations have now progressed, with the agreement clearly reaching agreement on all sides.
“In addition to agreeing that Red Bull will partake Honda’s Milton Keynes facility, and also expand its own Red Bull Technologies campus, it is expected that the acquisition plan will include at least some Honda personnel remaining beyond 2021 , ” Report’s conclusion.
The partnership between Honda and Red Bull has produced some great results.
Honda’s collaboration with the Austrian-licensed organization in 2019 earned them three wins and six podiums, courtesy of Max Verstappen. The 2020 season got even better, giving Tally two wins and eleven podiums overall.
It is safe to say that, Honda-Red Bull is a partnership that is good enough for the sport. With a proposed continuation on the horizon, fans of the team will undoubtedly be pleased with this piece of news.