Rumor: Honda may not be with Red Bull after 2025 – Marko

Negotiations between Red Bull Racing and Porsche over a partnership broke down earlier this year.

Helmut Marko has confirmed that the team is now in talks with Honda, although Red Bull also has other alternatives.

The Japanese engine supplier is keen to stay in the sport. After the failed marriage with Porsche, there is room next to Red Bull. “If they had not pulled out, we could have saved ourselves the whole investment”, Marko fears in conversation with The Red Bull adviser does confirm that talks are being held with Honda.

However, negotiations are not going very smoothly.

“We have learned lessons from the negotiations with Porsche. There will not be a 50/50 solution”, Marko assures.

Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner talks with Red Bull Racing Team Consultant Dr Helmut Marko in the garage on August 27, 2022 in Spa, Belgium. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Red Bull wants to remain in charge of the team. Engine manufacturers have until mid-November to apply, but according to Marko, Red Bull will not be affected by that deadline.

“Unless Honda would like to introduce its own engine.”

It is possible that the Japanese engine supplier will supply the MGU-K (Kinetic Energy Capture, store and deploy system) to the team, as Honda has a large infrastructure in Sakura. Red Bull itself does not yet have the necessary electrical expertise. With Porsche, the plan was for the MGU-K to be developed in Germany.

So a collaboration with Honda makes the most sense for Red Bull.

“But it is not our only option”, Marko reveals.

There are apparently several parties interested in working with Red Bull. However, they are not Hyundai or KIA, Marko reveals.

“We also have other alternatives.”

If not Hyundai, then this rumor that Hyundai and Ford are interested in F1 would mean Hyundai would go it alone.

Would Ford be able to produce a good MGU-K for RedBull?  We doubt it


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