Aston Martin Red Bull Racing have officially begin talks with Honda regarding a potential engine partnership beginning in 2019.
Red Bull’s Motorsport advisor Dr Helmut Marko met with Honda’s motorsport director Mashai Yamamoto in Baku on Saturday for what has been described as a positive first discussion.
Honda who returned to Formula One with McLaren in 2015 endured three difficult seasons with the Woking based outfit before McLaren decided to partner with Renault ahead of the 2018 season. Honda have since moved to Aston Martin Red Bull Racing’s junior team Toro Rosso.
Toro Rosso are currently in seventh place in the Constructors championship on 13 points and speaking about the talks with Dr Helmut Marko, Yamamto told the official F1 website:
Because it was the very first meeting, we discussed the conditions of both sides, what do we expect of each other. “It was the first discussion.
Aston Martin Red Bull Racing are currently powered by TAG-Heuer branded Renault engines and are in third place in the Constructors championship as the Formula One gets ready for the start of the European leg of the 2018 season.
Yamamto went on to say:
Yes, it was positive. We do believe we were both satisfied. There’s a good relationship between us. However, it’s the first time we have an official meeting. It’s the starting point for a potential future.
Yamamto confirmed that they have to present their decisions and documentation to the FIA regarding their 2019 plans by May 15th which does not give the much time to come to an agreement with Red Bull however the Honda boss said that when the company took the decision to return to Formula One it was never to just supply one team they wanted multiple partners so it would make sense for them to supply Aston Martin Red Bull Racing alongside Toro Rosso. Watch this space!