The Japanese manufacturer Honda is set to part ways with Red Bull and their sister team, AlphaTauri, after the 2021 Formula One season. However, they are still working with both the teams for 2021 and hope to give a proper send-off.
Honda fast-tracked a power unit that was planned to come in 2022, because of promising signs from its dyno testing Japan. Instead, they thought of bringing it in ahead of its schedule.
Honda giving all it can to Red Bull
Honda’s technical director, Toyoharu Tanabe, feels well prepared and said, ” On the dyno, the numbers we have seen match what we expected, Let’s see how competitive we can be on track in the actual races.”
Tanabe explained, ” It is difficult to be specific about which parts have seen the most work, but in order to improve power and reliability, we have made modifications to the ICE, turbine and ERS.”
He concluded, ” This is our third year with Scuderia AlphaTauri and in order to improve as a whole, we have also improved the installation and packaging of the entire PU.”
The Milton-Keynes continuing on their own journey
The energy drinks company has received answers to their prayers. The engine freeze will see them take over Honda power units after they leave the conclusion of the 2021 season.
The team announced they would create their in-house engine onwards for 2022, which power them and their sister team, AlphaTauri until the new regulations kick in 2025. The in-house engine will be called Red Bull Powertrains limited.
The opening race will be in Bahrain on the 28th of March, which would kick open the 2021 Formula One season. In short, Honda will back the Milton-Keynes-based outfit even when their time is up on the F1 grid. What are your predictions for the team as they make their own engines?
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