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Helmut Marko 'optimistic' about Red Bull-Honda future

  • Published on 25 Sep 2017 14:53
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  • By: Rob Veenstra

Red Bull is "optimistic" about Honda's future in formula one. With the energy drink company's Renault connection flagging, junior team Toro Rosso is linking up with Honda next year. Some see it as an odd choice for Red Bull, given McLaren's struggle to make a works partnership succeed in three difficult years.

But Marko, the Red Bull official, told Austrian broadcaster ORF: "We contacted Honda and did some of our own research too. And from what we learned, we have an optimistic view of the future," he said.

"We saw both McLarens in the top 10 in Singapore, we see an engine that is developing, and we know what is going on in the background. Honda has the financial potential, the necessary infrastructure, one of the most modern factories with corresponding test rigs and a complete commitment to formula one and winning in a partnership," Marko added. "But we must also address the Japanese mentality, as it is of course a little different than us Europeans," he said.

And so Marko hints that while Red Bull's Aston Martin connection is growing, the future could actually be with Honda. "It (Aston Martin) is a financial cooperation that has nothing to do with the power train," he said. "Now we are looking forward to seeing how Toro Rosso and Honda are going to work. In September 2018, I'll be able to say what we are going to do in 2019, which is a good time to see how Toro Rosso and Honda is working," added Marko. (GMM)

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  • Lets be real here: Honda is the only current shot Red Bull has on getting a works partnership. Aston Martin can talk as much as they please, but they simply lack both the resources and the facilities to get ready before the new regulations, even less before 2019. Red Bull might've had a shot once at getting a deal with Nissan/Infiniti, but they didnt really follow up on that interest and let that chance sail, and I suspect it'll be a similar thing with AM.

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    • Sep 25 2017 - 17:45
    • Barron

      Posts: 625

      Agree, the Aston Martin thing is a pipe dream. Their road car engines are now made by Mercedes...hey! wait a minute.. you don't think... do you?

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      • Sep 26 2017 - 12:27
  • boudy

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    Agree. The don't have a choice. They have been put on this course by merc/fer. Lets hope it works out for both companies. I can still remember the mugen honda engines so we will see. I think that they expierence that redbull gained with renault will help loads.

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    • Sep 25 2017 - 20:14
  • Barron

    Posts: 625

    With a simplified turbo engine in 2020 I can see Honda as a major force as they were in the previous turbo era. Red Bull have been very clever here..

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    • Sep 26 2017 - 12:25

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