JordanMugen wrote: ↑Wed Feb 16, 2022 11:42 amCan Red Bull Powertrains still be classed by the FIA as a new power unit supplier for 2026 if the Red Bull XY##### power unit has competed for 2022-2025 in the back of Red Bulls and AlphaTauri (even if everyone knows unofficially that the Red Bull XY##### power unit is a rebadged Honda RA622H)?
Thank you for this report @f1isthebest.f1isthebest wrote: ↑Wed Mar 30, 2022 9:13 amMax Verstappen Wins Saudi Arabian Grand Prix
Round 2 of the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix took place at Jeddah Corniche Circuit. HRC, providing technical support to Oracle Redbull Racing driver Max Verstappen finishing win and Sergio Perez in 4th place.
Scuderia AlphaTauri's Pierre Gasly started 9th and finished 8th. Yuki Tsunoda finished the race without making the grid due to a problem during the reconnaissance lap.
When you consider what Honda could gain coming back balanced against what they could lose, I can understand them holding off.JordanMugen wrote: ↑Sat Apr 16, 2022 4:07 pmAny chance of Honda swooping in to stop the Red Bull - Porsche deal, or is Honda Racing involvement in F1 ICE racing in the BEV age off the table?
I guess 3 years is a long time in motor racing, but it is a little worrying that there isn't the slightest rumour of Honda coming back on as power unit naming rights sponsor be it for 2023-on, or 2024-on or whatever. Given the global viewership of Formula One it would, in theory, seem like quite cost-effective advertising?
The $50m USD per annum that ByBit pay would presumably be worth quite a bit more than that in actual exposure, be it
in value to ByBit or, instead, in value to Honda if Honda were to buy out ByBit's contract...
I guess if Honda were to sign as the naming sponsor & technical partner of the RBPT units from 2026-on, they would have reservations about not controlling the design of the units in-house, as that is not the Honda way. So that seems like an unlikely scenario for Honda, whereas Porsche would be less bothered about "badging" a RBPT unit?