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Red Bull and Honda close to 2022 agreement

Red Bull and engine supplier Honda are closing in on a deal that will see the F1 team keep the power unit despite the Japanese manufacturer’s impending departure from the sport.

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Red Bull are reportedly confident of keeping hold of Honda engines for the 2022 season after talks with the Japanese manufacturer recently resumed.

Honda announced back in October that they will be leaving Formula 1 after the 2021 season in order to focus on zero-emission technology, forcing the Milton Keynes outfit to find a solution for their power unit.

It looks as though a solution is in the works according to The Race, with Red Bull looking to take over the intellectual property of Honda’s power unit rather than work with another engine manufacturer.

Any agreement would be dependent on the FIA and Formula 1 implementing an engine freeze, as Red Bull do not have the infrastructure or knowledge to develop the engine as things currently stand.

The deal would also see Red Bull assume some of Honda’s workforce in order to aid with the transition. Former Formula 1 driver Jan Lammers has stated this move will also allow Honda to stay up to date with the F1 world should they ever decide to return.

No official announcement has been made but both parties are confident an agreement will be reached in the near future. The Milton Keynes team were hoping to have their future sorted out last November, and while things haven’t exactly followed that timeline, there is a desire to get things into gear as soon as possible in order to provide as much time as possible for the switch over.


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