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Red Bull comes close to Porsche, but what about Honda? – Formula 1 news

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Although the data appeared solely 24 hours in the past, the officialization 50% buy settlement Red Bull Technology’s Porsche is close behind. With the brand new partnership designed for 2026 and awaiting approval, Red Bull has one other query to resolve: what will it do with Honda’s present companions within the coming years?

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The data about the deal between Red Bull and Porsche has not been leaked as a rumor, but as virtually achieved. Because of worldwide laws towards the regulation, firms want permission from the European Union and 20 different nations to proceed. One of the nations focused, Morocco, requires any proposed enterprise of this measurement to be formally registered. So it was achieved.

The doc additionally acknowledged that August 4 was chosen to make the partnership official, because the FIA ​​is predicted to draw up technical tips for subsequent-era F1 engines after the World Council assembly. 2. Porsche’s entry into F1 is immediately conditional on these tips, but it’s understood that each Porsche and Audi agree with the trail they’re taking in talks. Audi remains to be negotiating a doable acquisition of Sauber.

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According to the German journal Auto Motor und Sport, the 2 firms have an concept of ​​how they may work on the format of the brand new engines, which is able to solely be legitimate from the 2026 season. Red Bull created the engines in its personal manufacturing facility. Milton Keynes, England, courtesy of Red Bull Powertrains. Porsche, by itself, designs and produces the hybrid electrical half immediately from its domains within the German metropolis of Weissach.

The settlement additionally offers for cooperation in chassis building for less than one of many groups, Red Bull, but not AlphaTauri. Porsche may additionally be concerned in Red Bull’s introduced RB17 engine venture.

That clearly, two questions observe. One of them, essentially the most pressing for the time being, what to do with Honda. Although the Japanese manufacturing facility formally determined to go away F1 on the finish of final season, it nonetheless works carefully with Red Bull. The Honda logos have been taken from the Red Bull automotive and the engine doesn’t carry the model identify, but the know-how stays the identical. Honda workers work alongside Red Bull, but now solely as clients: the workforce pays – and dearly – to depend on the know-how.

What is thought, nonetheless, is that Honda have begun to think about an official return to F1 below the 2026 guidelines and, in fact, excited by final yr’s world title. Honda’s hope was to renew its partnership with Red Bull, as the connection between the manufacturers was very close, but Red Bull itself had reservations following final yr’s sudden exit. Thus, the settlement with Porsche has all the time been taken into consideration and tends to sideline Honda.

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