Christian Horner has revealed that Red Bull held talks with Ferrari to become a customer, before deciding in-house development was the only way to go.

Honda will leave Formula 1 at the close of this season, which put the engine supplier of Red Bull and AlphaTauri in jeopardy. In Formula 1’s latest “beyond the grid” podcast, Horner revealed that he was in talks with Ferrari to be a customer team but later decided against it, believing developing the Honda engine themselves was the only way to go.

“The most natural thing was to have a discussion with the existing suppliers,” Horner said. “Mercedes was a very short conversation and Toto Wolff obviously wasn’t particularly keen on that one.”

“Renault – their aspirations as a team didn’t include supplying a team like Red Bull, and probably the most willing was Ferrari. And, you know, we had some exploratory discussions, but to be a customer, so to have to accept all the integration particularly with the new regulations coming would be a massively hard pill to swallow.”

“So that’s when we started to explore the possibility: OK, how do we take on this challenge in a Red Bull manner and see if we can put a deal together with Honda in the foreseeable future?”

“It’s a big step, it’s a bold step, to take control of our own destiny as an engine supplier and bring the whole lot under one roof in Milton Keynes. It would make us the only team other than Ferrari to have the whole lot within one facility.”

““In terms of a sell, I think he reached that conclusion himself – that we had no choice – and Helmut was obviously very supportive and pushing hard for it. It was absolutely the right call.”

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