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Red Bull watching Honda F1 engine progress ‘very closely’

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Red Bull is keeping a close eye on Honda’s progress with its Formula 1 engine amid speculation of a possible deal for the 2019 season, according to team advisor Helmut Marko.

Honda cut ties with McLaren at the end of the 2017 campaign after three difficult years, switching its allegiance to Red Bull B-team Toro Rosso for 2018.

Red Bull’s current engine supplier Renault is rumored to be keen on ending its agreement at the end of the existing deal, expiring for 2019, leading to speculation of a switch to Honda, with Toro Rosso acting as a litmus test next year.

“We are very happy with the Toro Rosso and Honda cooperation. Toro Rosso will put all its efforts into making a competitive chassis,” Marko told the official F1 website.

“We do believe in Honda, otherwise we wouldn’t have made that deal. I am very impressed with the facilities that they have and their determination to win.

“It is just a matter of bringing everything together and we believe that this moment will arrive sooner than everybody is expecting.

“We will observe very closely. Beyond 2018, everything is open.”

Matt Damon meets the Stanley Cup and learns a new rule

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INDIANAPOLIS — Before waving the green flag for the biggest race in the world, Boston sports fan Matt Damon received an introduction to a hallowed trophy from another pro sport.

The actor enjoyed a visit with the Stanley Cup, which his Bruins will be vying to capture when they battle the St. Louis Blues at 8 p.m. Monday night in Game 1 of the NHL’s Stanley Cup Finals.

“Am I allowed to touch it? Wow,” Damon said.

He then briefly tried to lift it before a quick admonishment that “You can only do it when you win.”

“Oh, that’s fair,” Damon said, adding. “Let’s go Bruins! Come on!”

Watch Damon’s introduction to the Stanley Cup in the video above or by clicking here.