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Red Bull switch Renault for Honda in a bid to improve performances

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Red Bull have announced they will be racing with Honda for the 2019 and 2020 Formula 1 seasons after switching from their long-term engine providers, Renault.

It is understood the decision was made by Red Bull after being unsatisfied with their race results, and the change will mean Red Bull becomes a 'works' team for the first time in their Formula 1 history. Renault will continue to supply their engines to their own 'works' team and McLaren.

The new partnership with Honda, who already power Red Bull's junior team Torro Rosso, is the latest instalment in the F1 engine switcheroo saga, as last year McLaren did the exact opposite of Red Bull's switch, and dropped Honda for Renault.

And boss Christian Horner is eager to welcome a new era in the constructor's history.

"This multi-year agreement with Honda signals the start of an exciting new phase in Aston Martin Red Bull Racing's efforts to compete not just for grand prix wins but for what is always our goal - championship titles," he said in a statement.

"After careful consideration and evaluation we are certain this partnership with Honda is the right direction for the team.

"We have been impressed by Honda's commitment to F1, by the rapid steps they have made in recent times with our sister team Scuderia Toro Rosso, and by the scope of their ambition, which matches our own."

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Renault, who powered Red Bull for 12 years, posted a classy tweet once confirmation of the news broke and said they believe the change to be 'a natural evolution for both Renault and Red Bull Racing in view of their respective aspirations'.

"Renault Sport Racing acknowledges the Red Bull Racing and Honda partnership announcement.
We are proud of the extraordinary results achieved with Red Bull Racing over 12 seasons; incl four Drivers’ / Constructors’ World Championships & 57 wins together."

The main engine suppliers remain Ferrari, Renault, Honda and Mercedes, but only time will tell if any other F1 teams will follow in Red Bull's footsteps in a bid to improve performances.

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Max Verstappen
Daniel Ricciardo
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