Red Bull Chief Helmut Marko Believes Honda Will See Success Soon

Associated Press

Red Bull chief Helmut Marko believes Honda will start delivering a competitive power unit far sooner than many others believe they will.

Honda will start a new relationship with Red Bull junior team Toro Rosso next year after three years of supplying unreliable and uncompetitive engines to McLaren, not the best track record to have.

Red Bull is switching to Honda power when its existing Renault contract expires at the end of 2018 and Marko is confident things will turn out good.

“We are very happy with the Toro Rosso and Honda cooperation,” Marko told Formula One’s official website. “Toro Rosso will put all its efforts into making a competitive chassis.

“We do believe in Honda — otherwise we wouldn’t have made that deal. I am very impressed with the facilities that they have — and their determination to win.

“It is just a matter of bringing everything together and we believe that this moment will arrive sooner than everybody is expecting. We will observe very closely — beyond 2018 everything is open!”

Marko said Red Bull goes into the 2018 season as a stronger team.

“We have learned our lesson from this year: we will not show up at the Barcelona tests with a non-competitive chassis! We have changed our schedule and how we approach the winter preparations.

F1 is a competition and if they [Mercedes and Ferrari] are better then we have to work harder.

“It should be better if we have a reliable power unit, and if we have more horsepower then we should come nearer to Mercedes. It will be an exciting season, that is for sure.”


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