Horner: A very healthy working environment with Honda

Red Bull chief Christian Horner believes that effective communication with Honda is what will make the difference to the partnership that kicks-off a new era for the energy drinks outfit and the Japanese auto-giant in 2019.

This comes in the wake of their recent partnership with Renault which was reduced to a war-of-words through the media and anyone who would listen, with both parties firing salvos at one another as a once very effective combo – eight times F1 world champions from 2010 to 2013 – fractured and failed to fire in the new turbo era.

Honda had a similarly unpleasant and humiliating experience during their ill-fated recent partnership with McLaren.

Speaking officially for the first time this year, Horner told the official F1 website, “Communication in any business, in particular in this sport, is a vital element.”

“Obviously, Honda are based in Japan, but their UK base is just around the corner from us in Milton Keynes. We’ve obviously got a huge amount of discussion going on between the groups.”

“So far it’s all been very positive and I think we’ve found a very healthy working environment – that we’ve been nurturing through the relationship with Red Bull technology, Toro Rosso and Honda – that we don’t go into next year completely afresh.”

Despite four wins during the course of last season, Red Bull chiefs always maintained, often through the media, that the power deficit Renault had to Ferrari and Mercedes did them no favours.

Horner explained, “It’s always easy to say ifs, buts and maybes. If there would have been another 40kw (around 53bhp) in the back of the car then the season could have looked quite different.”

“Hats off to everyone at Milton Keynes for arguably producing one of our best ever chassis. If you look at the other users with the same engine, there’s a world of difference,” added Horner.