The Red Bull team are pretty high on confidence at the moment with new partners Honda. In fact, team principal Christian Horner is of the opinion that Honda holds the key to kick-starting their title challenge once again.
From 2010 to 2013, the Austrian outfit sealed four straight Drivers’ and Constructors’ title-doubles. However, since the advent of the V6 Hybrid era, they have not fought for the title. Naturally this lead to a breakdown in their relationship with former engine supplier, Renault.
2018 was the acid test for Honda as Red Bull assessed the progress of sister team Toro Rosso. Satisfied with the results, the Japanese manufacturer have linked up with Red Bull for 2019. Now, Horner is confident that his team can fight for the title again.
“I think the most important thing is to work as a team,” said Horner during a press conference in Japan.”
“We’ve achieved more than 50 Grand Prix victories and eight World Championships working as one team.”
“The ingredient we’ve had missing the last five years has been the power unit.
“We believe in this new relationship with Honda that that missing ingredient is now available to us.
“I think working collectively as a team, as things have started, then the opportunities are massive for the future.”
Looking back at the first meeting between Marko and Yamamoto, Horner joked: “Well it’s quite interesting as I drive past McDonald’s every day to work where they met – in England there’s a happy meal, I think they had a happy meal that day and if we win five races I think they’ll change the name of the happy meal to the Red Bull-Honda meal!”
“It’s been a fantastic start to the relationship, we thoroughly enjoyed working with our colleagues at Honda, the product is great, the ambition is there – and commitment. And we’re really excited.”