In terms of engine suppliers, Red Bull are definitely not spoilt for choice at all. After they burned their bridges with Renault, the likes of Mercedes and Ferrari are understandably reluctant to supply to a direct rival. Honda was the only option remaining, who were willing to partner them.
However, if Honda decide to leave Formula One once again, Red Bull, and by extension, Toro Rosso, could be in trouble. The good news is, title sponsor, Aston Martin are ready to step in, should that eventuality take place. So far this season, Red Bull has enjoyed a relatively good start to their maiden season with Honda. The evidence is a few podiums and a maiden win for Honda since 2006.
However, with the massive rules overhaul expected for 2021, Honda’s F1 future may hinge on that. So, as a plan B, Aston Martin may be willing to be on standby. Speaking to Autosport, Aston Martin CEO, Andy Palmer said,
“Would I like to be a little bit more involved [in F1] technically? I think that depends. “The obvious place for Aston to become involved in would have been the engine. I think that’s a question on whether Honda continues to develop the engine.
“Clearly they have a lot more money and musclepower than we do. I don’t think we’re going to muscle in on that while the relationship with Honda exists.”
“We’re very happy with that relationship and we’re happy to see it continue. But nobody knows quite what the regulations will be beyond 2021 and who is going to be involved in that.”
He concluded, “We stand ready from that point of view, with the hope that Honda will continue.”
“Our focus is now mainly looking at the development of the Valkyrie, Valhalla, Vanquish series and the exploits in Le Mans.”