Honda 'helping its chances' of landing Red Bull F1 deal for 2019

Honda's promising start to the 2018 Formula 1 season is "helping its chances" of being a viable option for Red Bull should the team decide to switch engines for 2019

Honda 'helping its chances' of landing Red Bull F1 deal for 2019

Pierre Gasly started fifth and finished fourth in the Honda-powered Toro Rosso in Bahrain, helped by a double retirement for the sister Red Bull team - including a Renault energy store failure for Daniel Ricciardo.

Renault Sport boss Cyril Abiteboul has made it clear that he wants a decision on Red Bull's plans sooner rather than later, citing the May/June deadline given by the FIA for manufacturers to confirm which teams they will be supplying.

"It's helping their chances of looking attractive to Red Bull," said Ricciardo.

"At the moment it has got nothing to do with me, because I'm not contracted to the team for next year.

How Honda plans to build on F1 breakthrough

"But those engine discussions don't involve us drivers. I'm aware that there could be some changes next year. And it's cool for Honda.

"They obviously invested quite a bit in the last few years, and it didn't work with McLaren.

"But pretty cool that now Toro Rosso is doing well with it."

Red Bull motorsport boss Helmut Marko made it clear that the chances of a switch have increased as Honda has shown improved form in 2018.

"Before we made the decision to work with Honda [with Toro Rosso] we believed it could be a successful package, once they showed us what they were planning to do," he told Autosport.

"When the time is right, we'll make our decision. There's a bigger picture which we have to look at.

"It's going in the right direction, and you journalists should know that we are brave."

Team boss Christian Horner has insisted that Red Bull is not in a hurry to make a call, suggesting that the end of the summer was the team's own timescale.

"We've got a great front row seat to follow progress through the first half of the season. That's very much our game plan," said Horner.

Ricciardo's teammate Max Verstappen insisted that Honda wasn't yet on his radar.

"I haven't been thinking about that. And to be honest, it's not up to me.

"Any team, the more power you can have, the better it is of course. But it's still early days of course, so we'll see," he said.

However, he acknowledged that Gasly's performance had registered: "It was great to see. I was standing next to Helmut when we were watching it [qualifying], and it was great to see Pierre put in a great lap.

"I think the whole package seems to be pretty decent."

shares
comments
Mercedes says it was too slow to spot Vettel's Bahrain F1 strategy
Previous article

Mercedes says it was too slow to spot Vettel's Bahrain F1 strategy

Next article

Charles Leclerc: Marcus Ericsson F1 performances 'difficult for me'

Charles Leclerc: Marcus Ericsson F1 performances 'difficult for me'
Why its Red Bull that really leads a three-way fight so far at Silverstone Plus

Why its Red Bull that really leads a three-way fight so far at Silverstone

After a slow start to Friday at Silverstone, all the Formula 1 teams had to effectively cram in a day’s worth of practice into one hour. But there was still plenty to learn and while Ferrari topped the times, a three-way battle is brewing ahead of the British Grand Prix

Why the future is bright for the British GP Plus

Why the future is bright for the British GP

It wasn’t so long ago the situation looked bleak at Silverstone with the future of the British Grand Prix under threat. But a transformation has seen it restored to one of the most important races on the Formula 1 calendar, with bigger and better to come

Could mixed fortunes for F1's leading Brits turn around at Silverstone? Plus

Could mixed fortunes for F1's leading Brits turn around at Silverstone?

For the first time in many years, none of the local racers starts among the favourites for the British Grand Prix. But George Russell, Lewis Hamilton and Lando Norris could have reasons for optimism

Formula 1
Jun 30, 2022
Verstappen exclusive: Why F1’s champion isn’t fazed by Silverstone return Plus

Verstappen exclusive: Why F1’s champion isn’t fazed by Silverstone return

Max Verstappen is the world’s number one racing driver… and he’s determined to keep it that way. Speaking exclusively to GP Racing's OLEG KARPOV, the Red Bull driver explains why he’s relishing the 2022 championship battle with Charles Leclerc – and why he’s not worried about returning to Silverstone, the scene of the biggest accident of his career last year

Formula 1
Jun 30, 2022
Why Red Bull’s RB17 hypercar can help its F1 team Plus

Why Red Bull’s RB17 hypercar can help its F1 team

On Tuesday, Red Bull laid out its plans to develop and build a new hypercar - the RB17 - penned by Adrian Newey. As the project itself sates Newey as a creative outlet, it also offers Red Bull's Formula 1 team a number of new and exciting avenues to pursue

Formula 1
Jun 29, 2022
What to expect from Mercedes as F1 returns to Silverstone Plus

What to expect from Mercedes as F1 returns to Silverstone

OPINION: The British Grand Prix is a home event for Lewis Hamilton and George Russell, with their Mercedes team based just a few miles away too. But there’s another reason why the Silver Arrows squad is eager to arrive at Silverstone this weekend, which may help it fix its remaining problems with its 2022 Formula 1 challenger

Formula 1
Jun 29, 2022
The “solemn promise” that cost quiet hero Brooks an F1 title Plus

The “solemn promise” that cost quiet hero Brooks an F1 title

After two terrifying crashes, one of the best British racers of the 1950s retired before his career peaked. But that’s why GP Racing’s MAURICE HAMILTON was able to speak to Tony Brooks in 2014. Like his friend Stirling Moss, Brooks was regarded as one of the best drivers never to have won the world championship. Here, as our tribute to Brooks who died last month, is that interview in full

Formula 1
Jun 27, 2022
Inside the Faenza facility where AlphaTauri’s F1 pragmatic vision is realised Plus

Inside the Faenza facility where AlphaTauri’s F1 pragmatic vision is realised

AlphaTauri’s mission in F1 is to sell clothes and train young drivers rather than win the championship – but you still need a cutting-edge factory to do that. Team boss Franz Tost takes GP Racing’s OLEG KARPOV on a guided tour of a facility that’s continuing to grow

Formula 1
Jun 26, 2022