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Red Bull delivers F1 quit threat

5 September 2018

Dr Helmut Marko, Red Bull’s motorsport adviser, has said that the team will leave Formula 1 if Honda does not provide a winning power unit which will be powering the team’s two cars from next season after ending its longstanding partnership with Renault with which it won four World Championship drivers and constructors titles. It’s not the first time that such a threat has been made as the same threat was made at the start of 2015, when the French engine manufacturer had failed to make significant progress.

“We are happy to have a great partner with Honda for the next few years,” said Marko, “but should this co-operation for whatever reason not work as expected, Red Bull will leave F1.”

Honda is currently supplying its power units to Red Bull Toro Rosso, Red Bull Racing’s sister team and has been showing some promising results after its poor three years with McLaren, which ended last year. A fourth place at this year’s Bahrain Grand Prix has been the best result to date. However, the improvement of Honda’s engine wasn’t enough to convince Daniel Ricciardo to stay with the team, as he is leaving at the end of the season to join Renault Sport Formula One Team next year.

Honda is currently supplying its power units to Red Bull Toro Rosso, Red Bull Racing’s sister team and has been showing some promising results after its poor three years with McLaren, which ended last year. A fourth place at this year’s Bahrain Grand Prix has been the best result to date. However, the improvement of Honda’s engine wasn’t enough to convince Daniel Ricciardo to stay with the team, as he is leaving at the end of the season to join Renault Sport Formula One Team next year.

Daniel Ricciardo is moving on from Red Bull at the end of the season while Dr Helmut Marko (right) has stated that if Honda does not provide it with a competitive power unit. the team will quit F1.

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