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Red Bull Racing officially confirms Honda engine from 2019 F1

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Red Bull has decided to switch from Renault to Honda power for 2019. After lengthy delays and high tension between the energy drink-owned outfit and its existing supplier Renault.

Red Bull will therefore join its junior team Toro Rosso in sharing Honda power from 2019, and leave Renault with only its works team and new customer McLaren

Red Bull Racing Team principal Christian Horner said the switch was being made because it gave Red Bull the best chance to compete for titles again.

“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,” he said.

“We have always taken decisions such as this dispassionately and with only one criteria in mind: do we believe the outcome will allow us to compete at a higher level?

“After careful consideration and evaluation we are certain this partnership with Honda is the right direction for the team.”

Red Bull has been monitoring Honda’s development since sister team Toro Rosso replaced McLaren as the factory Honda F1 squad for this year.

“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,” Horner added.

“We look forward to working with Honda in the coming years and to racing together in pursuit of F1’s biggest prizes.”

Honda motor company president and representative director Takahiro Hachigo said: “Having two teams means we can access twice as much data as previously.

“We believe that working with both Toro Rosso and Red Bull Racing will allow us to get closer to our goal of winning races and championships, building two strong partnerships.

“Discussions proceeded very quickly, thanks to Red Bull’s open and respectful attitude towards Honda, leading to a deal that is fair and equitable for all parties.”

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