Red Bull took a dig at Renault after their success in 2021, saying that they were not the best team they had partnered with.
The relationship between Red Bull and Renault took a dive after differences began to emerge regarding the performance of the latter’s power units. The Milton-Keynes outfit was using the French manufacturer’s engines, but reliability issues kept on cropping up despite their best efforts.
The team shunned Renault and switched to Japanese manufacturer Honda in 2019. Fast-forward to 2021, and the pair won the Drivers’ Championship together through Max Verstappen, with the Honda engine proving superb throughout the year. Together, the duo won 10 races in 2021.
With the announcement that Honda would be leaving F1 before 2022, it is the end of a (very small) era. Red Bull took a dig at Renault while talking about their engine partner, and wished them the best in their future endeavours.
As quoted by GP Fans, when asked if the relationship with Honda was the best they have ever had, Red Bull team principal Christian Horner said, “Absolutely! The passion, the commitment, just their work ethic.
“When they came back into the sport (with McLaren), they had a hard time, but they kept their heads down, they worked hard at it and from day one of this relationship, it’s been phenomenal. You can see that through their culture, this work ethic they have.
“The engine for this year was brought forward 12 months and were it not for the incident at Silverstone (the high-speed crash into a barrier), Max would have done the entire season on three engines.”
Sad to see them go
“The first drivers’ world championship in 30 years since Ayrton Senna in 1991 is an enormous moment for them,” Horner continued.
“We’re tremendously proud of what we’ve achieved with Honda, for what they’ve provided and given us.
“We now look forward to a future without Honda officially but maintaining a relationship with them over the next few years.”