With Honda’s withdrawal from F1 last year, Red Bull is strengthening its own powertrain division to take over the running of Japanese engines.
And during the transition phase, Honda will continue to manufacture power units from Japanese facilities, but many of the staff who helped Max Verstappen Last year’s Safe Drivers Championship has been moved to another project.
However, it has been revealed that Honda’s F1 chief, Yamamoto, will leave the Japanese company this month and work with Red Bull to set up a consulting firm to support the effort.
Talking about his plans, he said he aims to act as a point of contact between both Red Bull and Honda in order to maintain a strong relationship.
“We have set up a new company,” he told the Japanese version of Motorsport.com in an exclusive interview. “We want to do something that makes people happy. If you win F1, your fans will be happy with it.
“We have signed a contract with the Red Bull Powertrains company, which at the request of Christian Horner and Helmut Marko of Red Bull asked me to support them.
“It’s a contract between companies, so it’s hard to tell the details, but as one of the members of Red Bull Powertrains, I’ll take on the job of helping them.”
Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing, 1st place, Masashi Yamamoto, Honda Motorsports General Manager, Trophy
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Yamamoto explained that the focus is on acting as a bridge between Red Bull’s powertrain and Honda in order to make future engine progress as smooth as possible.
“For example, if they understand Japanese culture and Honda culture and want to build a closer and better relationship with Honda, we can support it. Basically it’s Red Bull. It is a bridge between Japan and Japan. “
Yamamoto hopes to take part in many races in his new role and says the decision to leave Honda came after it called for a withdrawal from F1.
“I decided it last March,” he explained. “I was appointed Director of Motorsport in 2016. Initially my goal was to win the SUPER GT Championship. I was able to achieve that in 2018. [with Naoki Yamamoto and Jenson Button]..
“For the next three years, I was devoted to F1. From the beginning, this work was the culmination of my life at Honda, and I thought I could make use of everything I experienced there.
“I was wondering if I could win the Red Bull for the first time in the first year and then get good results. [championship] Fight against Mercedes In the second year. But it wasn’t.
“But in the third year, Verstappen’s driving ability and strong Red Bull team managed to win the championship.”
Honda’s former F1 boss agrees on the role of the Red Bull powertrain
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