Red Bull reveals unique white Honda livery for Turkish Grand Prix

ISTANBUL, TURKEY - OCTOBER 07: The special liveried Red Bull Racing RB16B Honda is pictured in the Pitlane during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Turkey at Intercity Istanbul Park on October 07, 2021 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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Red Bull has revealed a unique, one-off white livery for this weekend’s Turkish Grand Prix. The special livery is paying tribute to Red Bull’s engine supplier, Honda. After seven years back in the sport, Honda decided to leave Formula 1 yet again.

Red Bull intended to introduce the white livery design at Suzuka. However, F1 has sadly canceled the Japanese GP for a second consecutive year because of COVID-19. Despite that, Red Bull didn’t give up on their intentions, fulfilling their special Honda livery.

The new Red Bull car is primarily covered in white color, with red and black details. As always, the car features the iconic Red Bull logo around the fuel tank section. The white livery isn’t the first time Red Bull used a unique car design. In 2018 and 2019, among other occasions, Red Bull used unique car designs for preseason testing.

Max Verstappen will try his best to claim the championship lead after Lewis Hamilton won in Russia this weekend. However, Verstappen will drive in a particular Red Bull car this time, so he’ll certainly aim for the victory.

“It looks really cool. I think when you’re able to do a special livery is nice because most of the time, you know, the cars over the years stay pretty much the same. I honestly think the white on the car looks really, really cool.”

Max Verstappen on the new livery

Red Bull and Honda will work together in 2022

As we know, Honda’s departure from Formula 1 will leave Red Bull and Toro Rosso without an engine supplier. Fortunately, Red Bull has decided to continue developing the existing Honda engines on their own, fixing their problem.

“In F1, Red Bull Powertrains will have the right to use Honda IP relating to the Power Unit from 2022. Whilst Honda will support Red Bull Powertrains through the assembly of power units, the provision of trackside engineering support and race operation assitance in 2022, from 2023, RBPT will take responsibility for all manufacturing and servicing.

Red Bull’s official statement

Moreover, Honda will closely monitor the two Red Bull teams in 2022, before a transition to complete control of the power unit simply by Red Bull in 2023. In addition, Honda and Red Bull will continue working together on projects outside F1.

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