Why Red Bull's Honda takeover is a gamechanger for its F1 mindset
Red Bull's takeover of Honda's Formula 1 engine project has solved a potential short-term headache Honda's withdrawal at the end of 2021 would have caused. But, in taking destiny into its own hands, it could have a positive long-term impact too
Red Bull as a company likes to do things its own way. Being a sponsor and just a player in someone else's business is not something that it sits comfortably with. It's why it has two Formula 1 teams, several football clubs, runs its own events, has its own media house and own television channel. Oh, and its own record label too.
So, it is not hard to understand how frustrating F1's turbo-hybrid era must have been for the energy drinks giant. During the V8 spell, where engine performance was pretty much equal across all manufacturers, Red Bull had triumphed at a time when aero was king. And its hold over F1 had been helped at times by some blown exhaust assistance from engine partner Renault.
Lewis Hamilton has just become the first driver to record 100 world championship Formula 1 pole positions. Time to revisit a debate we discussed when he reached 150 front row starts in 2020.
The Barcelona practice times that prove Red Bull's title credentials, and heap pressure on Verstappen
Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes led the way in Friday practice for the 2021 Spanish Grand Prix, but there was one big encouraging sign for Red Bull. The trouble is, it looks like making good on that gain will require its superstar driver to avoid repeating a mistake made today that left him well down the FP2 order
Three points finishes from as many starts represents a decent opening innings on paper, but Daniel Ricciardo has endured a tough start to his McLaren career - only magnified his team-mate's excellent form. Yet both he and the team have good reason to expect a turnaround soon
OPINION: Going up against the dominant force of Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton was always going to demand the best from Red Bull and Max Verstappen. But after making a couple more errors during the Portuguese Grand Prix, the Dutch driver showed there's a small gap he still needs to close in the 2021 Formula 1 title fight
Red Bull's Portuguese Grand Prix fortunes were decidedly second best to Mercedes', but the result skews the potential that the team had at Portimao. With a new set of updates, the team looks good going forward into the rest of 2021's spicy F1 competition
Just as he did in 2020, Lewis Hamilton had to come from behind to win the 2021 Portuguese Grand Prix. Only this time there were two rivals he had to pass, among the several challenges he had to overcome, on his way to securing a 97th grand prix victory
Ricciardo enjoys "really smooth" run in McLaren F1 car at Silverstone
Horner: Red Bull expects Perez to replicate Verstappen/Ricciardo challenge to Mercedes