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“High-level sources” confirm Red Bull-Honda deal

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From left-to-right: Christian Horner, Team Principal of Red Bull Racing; Helmut Marko of Red Bull Racing; Cyril Abiteboul Managing Director of Renault.

“High-level sources” close to respected media outfit Autosport have confirmed that Red Bull Racing will partner with Honda for the 2019 season and say there are “suggestions” of an announcement before the French Grand Prix this weekend.

Green Flag F1.com reported the deal was done earlier this week after an article in the German newspaper Auto Bild claimed that it had happened.

Red Bull have been forced to decide whether they stick with current power unit supplier Renault for 2019 or switch to Honda, who currently power Red Bull’s sister team, Toro Rosso.

The Canadian Grand Prix was used as an evaluation of the two manufacturers, Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner said last fortnight. 

Autosport claims that the decision was made and communicated to Honda and Renault on Monday the 18th of June.

Red Bull had earlier said they’d announce their choice at the Austrian Grand Prix, a week after this weekend’s race in France.

Neither Red Bull or Honda would comment to Autosport about the claims.

Steven Walton is an 18-year-old Journalism Student at the Ara Institute of Canterbury. He previously attended St Andrew's College in Christchurch, where he excelled at History and Classical Studies. Steven is the Editor-in-Chief at Green Flag F1 and spends most of his days living, breathing, and immersing in the Formula 1 world.

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