Red Bull have announced that they will take Honda power units from 2019 in a two season deal.
Team Principal, Christian Horner has spoken out on the deal, describing it as signalling “the start of an exciting new phrase” as Red Bull seek to end a five season title drought in both the drivers’ and constructor championships.
Since returning in 2015 with McLaren, Honda haven’t had the best of times with unreliability.
This season saw them move to Toro Rosso where they have had better success, delighting Horner who said; “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.
The news brings Red Bull’s 12 year partnership with Renault to an end and reflecting on their partnership, Horner has said; “We would like to thank Renault for the past 12 years, a period during which we experienced some incredible moments together.”
Daniel Ricciardo is out of contract at end of season but this announcement throws things up in air.
Given Honda’s reliability inconsistency, Ricciardo will have to decide whether he wants to stick with Red Bull and face a season of uncertainty surrounding car’s reliability or move on, with Ferrari and Mercedes the likely destinations.
Speaking to ESPN in April, Ricciardo described the idea of a Red Bull-Honda partnership as “cool” and acknowledged their investment despite their misfortunes at McLaren.
Could that be a hint that the Aussie could stick with Red Bull for at least next season?