Red Bull would have stuck with Honda for 2026

Red Bull wouldn’t have set up its own engine division if the team knew a full works arrangement was on the table for 2026. World champion Max Verstappen, set to win his third consecutive Honda-powered drivers’ championship this season, said in Monaco that it’s a “shame” the Japanese manufacturer is switching from Red Bull to Aston Martin for 2026. Ultimately, Red Bull linked up its new Red Bull Powertrains subsidiary with Ford for 2026, while Honda shifted its talks to Aston Martin. But Horner said the Honda split is only happening because of the Japanese carmaker’s decision to pull out of Formula 1 at the end of 2021 – a decision that has now been completely reversed. “Would we have made the same decision knowing what Honda’s decision is today?

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