The Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Formula One team announced on Tuesday morning that they have entered into an agreement with Honda Motor Company to race with the Japanese manufacturer’s engines for the 2019 and 2020 seasons.

Speaking about the news, Team Principal of Aston Martin Red Bull Racing, Christian Horner commented by saying:

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.

The team will continue to operate as Aston Martin Red Bull Racing and join their sister outfit Scuderia Toro Rosso as a partner of Honda. Christian Horner went on to say:

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

Honda who returned to Formula One in 2015 with McLaren joined Toro Rosso at the start of 2018 and speaking about the new partnership with Aston Martin Red Bull Racing, President and Representative of Honda Motor Company, Takahiro Hachigo commented on the news saying:

Having established a good relationship with Scuderia Toro Rosso, we have decided to extend our Formula 1 involvement to the other team in the Red Bull family, Aston Martin Red Bull Racing, as from the 2019 season. 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.

Speaking about Honda powering both Red Bull teams, Christian Horner said:

Honda’s alignment with both Red Bull Formula 1 teams provides enormous potential. “Honda will have access to a wealth of data from both outfits, with Aston Martin Red Bull Racing leading the way, and the opportunities for faster, more effective and more competitive development are doubled.

The Honda announcement brings to an end, Aston Martin Red Bull Racing’s 12 year partnership with Renault with whom they won four back to back constructors championships from 2010 to 2013.

Speaking about their relationship with Renault, Christian Horner said:

We would like to thank Renault for the past 12 years, a period during which we experienced some incredible moments together. We have sometimes had our differences but Renault has always worked tirelessly and to the best of its ability to provide us with a competitive power unit. That is still the case today and we would like to thank the Renault team, and particularly the guys in our garage at every race, for their unstinting commitment and we look forward to ending our partnership on a high come the end of this season. Our focus for the rest of this year is still very much on delivering the best results possible in the 2018 Championship and we wish Renault Sport all the best for the future.


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