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Asked whether the team should be aiming for its 2020 car to start the season second only to reigning champion Mercedes, Honda's F1 managing director Masashi Yamamoto told Motorsport.com: "We agree with this view. And in order to make it come true, as Honda we have to prepare a good engine.
"This year it was, we don't say 'unstable', but we had a preference in the circuit. We shouldn't have that kind of thing.
"So we can tell to Max 'we are here', good everywhere, in every race. We have to provide that kind of engine, doing good development."
"I think that what we have given to the team or Max this year compared to the past is probably the reliability of the PU, and then he has more time to set up for the qualifying," Yamamoto said.
"He doesn't need to be worried about the engine breaking up. So he could have more time properly setting up for the race and qualifying.
"And I think that's the reason Max had better result [than 2018] especially."
Talk about the manufacturer being aligned with the driver. The quotes in this article again reinforce just why Red Bull had to sign Verstappen no matter if the cost were reasonable or not. Honda seem extremely keen to make this partnership win the championship and their continuation might've heavily depended on Verstappen staying or not.