Date published: December 21 2019
Christian Horner says that, for the first time, his team have an engine supplier who delivers on what they promise in Honda.
“Obviously we saw an awful lot of spreadsheets over the years, from Viry [Renault’s engine headquarters] but never realised the potential of what was on those sheets,” Horner told Motorsport.com.
“This is the first year where everything that was promised was absolutely delivered. And it’s just a different environment, it’s a different type of partnership.
“It’s a true partnership, and you can see what it means to Honda when they get a result, when they get a pole position and they get a victory; the emotion, the pride, the satisfaction throughout the whole business.
“So I think it’s a very, very different relationship to the one we previously had with Renault during this V6 turbo-hybrid era.”
Horner and Red Bull constantly fell out with Renault in the latter years of their deal, and the team principal says that a harmonious partnership free of fighting is key to the team’s improved fortunes with Honda.
“We’ve achieved three poles on the track this year [Verstappen lost his pole in Mexico to a grid penalty], we’ve won three races,” Horner added.
“We could have won arguably in Monaco, we should have won in Mexico. Austin we were quick. So we’ve had a really good race car a lot of circuits this year.
“The progression from Honda, with each engine that they’ve introduced and together with our fuel partner, the whole thing is working in harmony.
“So rather than to get fighting, always feeling very much as a customer, it’s been a true partnership. And they share the same goals and objectives as we do. You’re seeing the benefits of that.”