Former Honda boss Masashi Yamamoto has been appointed as a consultant for Red Bull, with the team set to build their own engines.
Honda left F1 at the end of the 2021 season after winning the Drivers’ Championship with Red Bull. They are no strangers to success given their illustrious history in the sport, but recent years haven’t been kind to them.
The victory with Red Bull was hence all the more enthralling and monumental for the Japanese manufacturer. They leave F1 sharing their expertise with their recent partners, with the man himself in an advisory role for the team.
Yamamoto has been appointed as a consultant for Red Bull, saying his company will advise the Milton-Keynes outfit regarding powertrains.
“We have established a new company,” Yamamoto told Motorsport.com, as quoted by Pitpass.
“We want to do something that makes people happy, and if we win in F1, then fans will be happy with that.
“We’ve signed a contract with the company at Red Bull Powertrains. The company has me, at the request of Red Bull’s Christian Horner and Helmut Marko, to support them.
“It’s a contract between companies, so it’s difficult to speak about details, but as one of the members of Red Bull Powertrains, I will undertake work that will help them.”
“If, for example, they want to understand Japanese culture and Honda’s culture, and have a closer and better relationship with Honda, we can support it. Basically it’s a bridge between Red Bull and Japan,” he explained.
“I was wondering if we could win with Red Bull for the first time in the first year, and then have a good championship fight with Mercedes in the second year. But that wasn’t the case.
“But, in the third year, with (Max) Verstappen’s driving ability and the strong Red Bull team we managed to win the championship.”