Dr Helmut Marko states that if Honda‘s partnership with Aston Martin Red Bull Racing fails, the team will quit Formula 1.
Red Bull will end it’s 12-year association with current engine suppliers Renault at the end of this season, beginning a new era with Honda next year.
Honda are currently engine suppliers to Red Bull’s sister team, Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda and have produced promising results, with fourth place at the Bahrain Grand Prix their best result to date.
But the improvement of Honda’s engine wasn’t enough to convince Daniel Ricciardo to stay with the team, as he’ll leave to join Renault Sport Formula One Team next year. Pierre Gasly will take his place alongside Max Verstappen.
The Milton Keynes are no stranger to apposing quit threats in the past, but Helmut Marko told Speedweek that Honda is the last roll of the dice for the team and if they fail, they will leave the sport.
“We are pleased with the great cooperation with Honda for the coming years, and if this cooperation, for whatever reason, does not work as expected, then Red Bull will leave Formula 1,” said Marko.
Honda entered the sport in 2015 with McLaren F1 Team, which the partnership ended only after 3 years as poor reliability and results, saw the Woking team switch to Renault engines with Toro Rosso for 2018.
Marko reveals that Honda almost quit the sport at the end of 2017, but due to some convincing, the Japanese manufacturer stayed in the sport.
“The cooperation with Honda has been running very well with Toro Rosso so far,” Marko continued.
“After the McLaren disaster, Honda was close to a departure from Formula 1 at the end of 2017 and we really had to convince the Japanese in intensive conversations that they could resume with us to start.”