Honda has strengthened its ties with Red Bull and AlphaTauri ahead of Formula 1’s return to Suzuka for the first time since 2019 this weekend.

While Honda remains a technical partner and continues to provide support to both Red Bull-owned teams with their power units – a deal which runs until the end of 2025 – it left F1 at the end of last year after winning its first world championship for 30 years.

Honda’s racing division, HRC, has been visible of both cars throughout this season, but as of Suzuka, Honda’s branding will return after announcing an increased partnership on Wednesday.

The Japanese manufacturer’s logo will be run on the RB18 and AT03, and Red Bull driver Sergio Perez will take up an ambassador role for Honda’s Racing School driver academy.

One week after the season finale in Abu Dhabi, Perez, along with Red Bull team-mate Max Verstappen and AlpahTauri drivers Pierre Gasly and Yuki Tsuonda, will attend Honda’s HRC Thanks Day on November 27.

“Honda has invested significantly in hybrid technology over the course of our partnership,” said Red Bull team principal Christian Horner.

“This has ensured the supply of competitive power units to both teams, for which we are very grateful. Our combined goal is to continue to deliver dominant engines and achieve the most success possible in the following three years.

“To mark this, we look forward to welcoming the Honda logo back on to the car from Suzuka onwards.”

Koji Watanabe, president of the Honda Racing Corporation, added: “The HRC logo on the nose and Honda logo on the side of the race machines of both teams represent the strong ties between Honda and Red Bull Group.

“Through the technical support provided by HRC, Honda will fully support the challenges those machines take on to become the ‘fastest in the world.’

“We are very pleased that these machines will be unveiled at the F1 Japanese Grand Prix, where Honda serves as the title sponsor.”

Despite Honda’s decision to withdraw from F1 after the 2021 season, it has insisted it is open to making a comeback for the series’ next generation of power units in 2026.

Honda’s hierarchy attended the Austrian Grand Prix in July this year, promoting suggestions it is considering returning to the grid in the future.

Red Bull is known to be willing to forge an partnership with an engine manufacturer from 2026 after its deal with Porsche fell through last month.