At the Turkish Grand Prix, a unique white and red color scheme was used on the RB16B on the weekend the Japanese GP should have been held, with Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez – wearing racing suits to match their cars – finishing second and third respectively.
For the United States Grand Prix, Red Bull reverted to its traditional dark blue base color, but the rear wing was adorned with the Acura branding – as well as that of the ‘sister’ team AlphaTauri – to represent the Honda’s luxury vehicle division that was originally launched in North America.
This race proved to be even more successful, with Verstappen winning to extend his lead in the Drivers’ World Championship to 12 points and Perez again occupying third place.
Due to his departure from the sport at the end of the season, Honda is hoping to bow out with at least one title in the bag and was grateful that its F1 general manager, Masashi Yamamoto, had the chance to claim the constructor’s trophy. winner in Austin. .
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“Max winning the pole and Checo joining him on the podium in third place is a great result for Honda and for Red Bull Racing,” Japanese company F1 technical director Toyoharu Tanabe said in the race report. Honda.
“This is our second double podium in a row and both were achieved with special liveries, the white ‘Honda fans’ cars in Turkey and here with the Acura brand replacing Honda on all four cars.
“It was great to see Yamamoto-san pick up the trophy on the podium and we really appreciate this gesture from Red Bull. “
Tanabe was naturally also delighted to see an encouraging performance from compatriot Yuki Tsunoda, who finished ninth for AlphaTauri in Austin to score his first points since the summer break on a day when teammate Pierre Gasly had to retire after just 15 laps.
“Yuki got off to a great start, passing two cars, and after that he drove really well to get the points back for ninth,” said Tanabe.
“It was his second consecutive appearance in Q3 and his first points from Hungary, so we hope he will keep that momentum going until the end of the season.
“It’s a shame that Pierre, also fast this weekend, had to retire because of a suspension problem.
“Then comes another special grand prize because it is Checo’s home race in Mexico. There are only five races left to go but it will be a long and difficult race until the end of the season in which every race counts a lot and we plan to do our best in each one.