Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire - Red Bull's two-year Formula One engine deal with Honda from 2019, announced finally on Tuesday, has as much potential risk as reward for the former world champions.
On the plus side, Red Bull will be effectively a manufacturer 'works' team for the first time in its history - Honda's only other outfit being Red Bull-owned junior team Toro Rosso - even if still customers. That should reduce running costs for Red Bull, with Honda said to be bringing $100 million (R1.37 billion) a year to McLaren before the end of that failed partnership in 2017, and provide a clear focus.
The new partnership with a top three team gives the Japanese manufacturer the chance to rebuild its standing in the sport, a process that has already started with a more competitive - if still unreliable - engine in 2018.
Honda motorsport head Masashi Yamamoto commented: "We feel that we will have to live up to their high expectations, but can see their respect for us, and we will put everything we have into the development for next season."