Red Bull motorsport advisor Dr Helmut Marko thinks Toro Rosso and Honda could gel together quicker than expected and spring a surprise in 2018.

There is a general sense of trepidation as Toro Rosso and Honda embark on a new journey given the latter’s ill-fated three-year spell with McLaren which was riddled with unreliability and performance issues.

And, while the Japanese manufacturer quietly improved in the second half of the 2017 season, Marko believes it could be great timing for the Red Bull junior team to start this new partnership.

“We are very happy with the Toro Rosso and Honda co-operation,” Marko told Formula One’s official website.

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