The failure to agree to a deal to continue making use of Honda’s power units in Formula One would have left Red Bull’s commitment towards the sport in doubt stated Team Principal Christian Horner.
The team confirmed earlier this month that it would be setting up a new company to run the powertrain operation that it will inherit from Honda, as the Japanese Auto and Engine Maker leaves F1 at the end of 2022.
The move came at a time when teams agreed to freeze engine designs at the beginning of the 2022 season.
What Did Christian Horner Have To Say About The Honda-Red Bull Deal And Its Implications?
Christian Horner admitted that without the deal, Red Bull would have been sceptical about its position in Formula 1
“It’s always difficult to quantify because obviously, we have agreements and commitments, but the appetite would have been much diminished,” said Horner to RaceFans.
“Red Bull is almost too grown-up to be a customer team,” he said. “We saw that it could be uneasy. And of course the aspirations of this team surpass that of some of the current suppliers.
“What we’ve experienced with Honda has been a fantastic partnership and relationship. It’s a shame it comes to a premature end at the end of this year.
We’ve had two successful and enjoyable seasons so far. We’re determined to have a competitive and enjoyable final season in Formula 1.
“But Red Bull very much takes control of its own future and destiny by this move with the power train and the establishment of that company and that commitment. So it’s safeguarded the commitment of Red Bull to Formula 1 for the foreseeable future.”
However, Honer did say that he could not make a firm commitment on when the Austrian team would be able to rival Mercedes for the WDC cup. “Obviously as soon as possible,” he said.
“Mercedes was so dominant last year. That DNA is probably the large percentage, obviously, of their current car. We demonstrated in Abu Dhabi that they are beatable at a track that they’ve been unbeaten at the previous six or seven years.
We just need to be able to do that on a consistent basis across the 22 or 23 races.“I think that we are gathering momentum. Nobody has a crystal ball, it’s impossible to sit here and predict.
We’ve just got to focus on each race at a time, get the most out of it we can. Make sure that we do the best job we can with the new regs for 2022 within the confines of the regulations. And then we’ll see. It’s impossible to have a crystal ball to say.”
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