Red Bull Racing have now confirmed switching engines from Renault to Honda for the 2019 season. It looks like the reliability issues that plagued McCLaren have been resolved, or resolved enough for Red Bull Racing to make the switch.
Red Bull have been with Renault for over 12 years according to motorsport.com but it has been somewhat of a chequered past and Red Bull look set to announce the split with Renault today.
This is what Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has to say about it:
“We have always taken decisions such as this dispassionately and with only one criteria in mind – do we believe the outcome will allow us to compete at a higher level. After careful consideration and evaluation we are certain this partnership with Honda is the right direction for the Team.” He added: “We have been impressed by Honda’s commitment to F1, by the rapid steps they have made in recent times with our sister team Scuderia Toro Rosso, and by the scope of their ambition, which matches our own. We look forward to working with Honda in the coming years and to racing together in pursuit of F1’s biggest prizes.”
The Team will continue to race under the name of Aston Martin Red Bull Racing.
I’m sure McLaren team will be watching closely and wondering what the difference has been for Honda and how they have reversed their fortunes…