Aston Martin still mulling F1 entry as Red Bull signs with Honda

Red Bull to switch from Renault to Honda from 2019 season

Honda to supply engines to Red Bull in F1 for 2019

Red Bull will race under Honda power in 2019 and 2020 after announcing their anticipated split with Renault early Tuesday morning.

On the other hand, in switching to an engine supplier that has yet to prove itself in the hybrid era, is it a case of having jumped from the frying pan into the fire for Red Bull?

Red Bull team principal, Christian Horner explained the reasons for the deal. Honda replaces Renault as its engine supplier bringing an end to a 12-year-old partnership between Red Bull Racing and the French manufacturer.

"We have always taken decisions such as this dispassionately and with only one criteria in mind - do we believe the outcome will allow us to compete at a higher level", added Horner.

Red Bull will therefore join its junior team Toro Rosso in sharing Honda power from 2019, and leave Renault with only its works team and new customer McLaren.

With Red Bull Racing having confirmed that they will indeed switch from Renault engines to Honda engines in the 2019 Formula 1 season, we can begin to look ahead even with 14 of the 21 races on the 2018 Formula 1 schedule still yet to be contested.

Red Bull has used Renault power since 2007, a partnership which has resulted in 47 grand prix victories, four Drivers's titles and four Constructor's titles.

Ricciardo, 28, is interested in a move to Mercedes or Ferrari, but it is probable that Valtteri Bottas will be retained alongside Lewis Hamilton by the former. "Honda will have access to a wealth of data from both outfits, with Aston Martin Red Bull Racing leading the way, and the opportunities for faster, more effective and more competitive development are doubled". Red Bull's sister team Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda are powered by the Japanese engine manufacturer. We appreciate them showing us such an attitude even after seeing our hard time over the previous three years in F1. The Renault engines have improved, but they are still not in the league of the Ferrari and Mercedes engines.

Honda returned to F1 in 2015, renewing a McLaren partnership that delivered consecutive championship titles between 1988 and '91. "It has won several championships, and this year it has already won some races".

Honda have not had a great time since their return to the sport.

"It is more that it went in a different direction when Red Bull requested to us an offer, as there was a bit of indecision about which way to go".

"I think the relationship with Toro Rosso has been extremely useful to Honda. We are fully focused on the strong progression of Renault Sport Formula 1 Team while continuing to foster the fresh relationship with McLaren Racing". In this picture, Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (33) Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB14 TAG Heuer on track during final practice for the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Canada, June 9, 2018.

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