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Honda strengthens relationship with Red Bull and AlphaTauri

The Japanese manufacturer will run its logos on the side of the cars again, despite pulling out of F1 as a power unit supplier at the end of 2021.

Red Bull and AlphaTauri will run Honda logos on their Formula 1 cars again from this weekends Japanese Grand Prix. After pulling out as a main power unit supplier in 2021, Honda continued to run 'Honda Racing Corporation' logos on both teams cars this year as they are the teams technical partner. But with Max Verstappen looking set to clinch his second Drivers World Championship at Honda's home race, the teams have elected to strengthen their existing partnership with the Japanese car maker and return to running the official company logos again. Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner said: “Honda has invested significantly in hybrid technology over the course of our partnership. This has ensured the supply of competitive power units to both teams, for which we are very grateful. "Our combined goal is to continue to deliver dominant engines and achieve the most success possible in the following three years. To mark this, we look forward to welcoming the Honda logo back on to the car from Suzuka onwards.” President of Honda Racing Corporation, Koji Watanabe added: “The HRC logo on the nose and Honda logo on the side of the cars of both teams represent the strong ties between Honda and Red Bull Group. "Through the technical support provided by HRC, Honda will fully support the challenges those machines take on to become the ‘fastest in the world.’ "We are very pleased that these machines will be unveiled at the F1 Japanese Grand Prix, where Honda serves as the title sponsor."

Perez takes on ambassador role

As part of the strengthening of partnerships, Sergio Perez will also take on an ambassador role for the driving academy of Honda Racing School. In addition to this a 'Honda Thanks Day' will be held on November 27th this year with Perez, Verstappen, Pierre Gasly and Yuki Tsunoda in attendance.

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