Red Bull's 2019 Honda engine decision 'clear cut' - Christian Horner

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner says that the decision to switch from Renault to Honda power for the 2019 Formula 1 season was a "pretty clear cut" technical choice

Red Bull's 2019 Honda engine decision 'clear cut' - Christian Horner

Its sister team Toro Rosso moved to Honda engines this year, allowing Red Bull to monitor the Japanese manufacturer's progress - including the update it introduced for the Canadian Grand Prix earlier this month.

"We've been in a privileged position to have a front row seat to monitor the progress of how Honda have been getting on in our sister team at Toro Rosso versus our own power supply," Horner said in a video issued by Red Bull.

"It's been great to see that progress. We've come to the conclusion that Honda are making good strides, good progress on both performance and reliability, and therefore we've made the difficult decision to change power units after 12 seasons to something new for 2019 onwards.

"We've had the privilege of seeing how they've progressed this year, and reached the conclusion that purely for technically driven reasons that this is the right move for Aston Martin Red Bull Racing."

Red Bull had long insisted it would announce its engine plans around the Austrian GP next week, but Horner admitted the decision was brought forward because it felt it had all the data it needed and amid pressure from Renault.

"Based on the information we had from Montreal, our decision, driven by engineering, was pretty clear cut in the end," he said.

"Rather than things getting delayed, or taking further time, and Renault were also very interested to have a decision as soon as possible to get their own plans in place, we decided that the timing was right to make that commitment, make that decision, and hence the announcement today."

Horner made it clear that he expects Red Bull to be in a winning position with Honda.

"Our determination as a team is to keep closing the gap to our immediate competitors," he said.

"We've been trying to do that over the last couple of years, and of course the power unit is a vital element within an F1 car, and we're confident that Honda have the right infrastructure, the right resources, the right technical capacity and determination to help us in our quest to reduce the gap to the teams ahead of us, Ferrari and Mercedes."

He insisted that Red Bull not given up on achieving further success with Renault before the end of this season.

"We're very much focused on the 2018 world championship, we have an outside chance in both championships, we've won two grands prix so far this year, we're third in the constructors' championship, and there's a long way to go," said Horner.

"So we're going to be pushing all the way to the finish, and we're going to be relying on support from Renault to the end of the year, which I'm sure they will give unwaveringly, as they have done during our previous 11 seasons."

shares
comments
F1 teams load up on Ultrasoft tyres for Austrian Grand Prix
Previous article

F1 teams load up on Ultrasoft tyres for Austrian Grand Prix

Next article

Honda's tortured path to its F1 chance with Red Bull in 2019

Honda's tortured path to its F1 chance with Red Bull in 2019
The relaxed home life that helps F1’s Danish superstar to deliver Plus

The relaxed home life that helps F1’s Danish superstar to deliver

The unrelenting grasp of the tax man prompts most racing drivers to move to the likes of Monaco, Switzerland or Dubai. But, as OLEG KARPOV found out, Kevin Magnussen is quite happy where he is, thank you very much – at home, with his family, in Denmark

Formula 1
Oct 5, 2022
How Perez has shown what many F1 drivers need from the 2022 season run-in Plus

How Perez has shown what many F1 drivers need from the 2022 season run-in

OPINION: Sergio Perez’s Singapore triumph arrested a big decline in his Formula 1 performances against Max Verstappen at Red Bull since his Monaco win. He now needs to maintain his form to the season’s end, while others are also seeking a change in fortunes

Formula 1
Oct 5, 2022
How the FIA should punish any breaches of the F1 cost cap Plus

How the FIA should punish any breaches of the F1 cost cap

OPINION: On Wednesday, the FIA will issue F1 teams with compliance certificates if they stuck to the 2021 budget cap. But amid rumours of overspending, the governing body must set a critical precedent. It needs to carefully pick between revisiting the bitterness of Abu Dhabi, a contradictory punishment and ensuring parity for the rest of the ground-effect era

Formula 1
Oct 4, 2022
Singapore Grand Prix Driver Ratings 2022 Plus

Singapore Grand Prix Driver Ratings 2022

A testing return to the Singapore Grand Prix in tricky conditions created plenty of hazards and mistakes for the Formula 1 drivers to fall into. That partly explains a number of low scores, including from a handful of high profile runners, allowing others to take a starring role under the floodlights

Formula 1
Oct 3, 2022
The two key contributors to Leclerc's defeat to Perez in F1's 2022 Singapore GP Plus

The two key contributors to Leclerc's defeat to Perez in F1's 2022 Singapore GP

In a marathon Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix, Sergio Perez’s victory was only assured hours after the race due to a stewards investigation. Throughout the contest the Red Bull driver impressively held off Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc in changing conditions to see the Mexican pull out enough of an advantage to negate his post-race penalty

Formula 1
Oct 3, 2022
The time-honoured manufacturer model that can't apply to all F1 teams Plus

The time-honoured manufacturer model that can't apply to all F1 teams

What happens, asks MATT KEW, if the old adage of win on a Sunday, sell on a Monday is no longer true for F1 manufacturers?

Formula 1
Oct 2, 2022
Why is Oscar Piastri F1's most sought-after rookie? Plus

Why is Oscar Piastri F1's most sought-after rookie?

The Australian rising star is fast, consistent, confident, adaptable and has shown excellent racecraft, but there’s already a taint to his reputation. That hasn’t stopped him becoming the hottest property in this year’s F1 driver market and why McLaren moved fast to snap up the 21-year-old

Formula 1
Sep 30, 2022
The unintended benefit that F1's new engine rules era will deliver Plus

The unintended benefit that F1's new engine rules era will deliver

Formula 1's incoming engine rules shake-up has multiple targets. But it may also solve what has been a bone of contention since the hybrids arrived in 2014. The new plan will allow the series to pump up the volume

Formula 1
Sep 29, 2022