The last time Honda left F1 they left behind a championship-winning car. Why are they once again heading for the exit just as things are coming good?
Honda believe they may be able to salvage Max Verstappen’s damaged power unit for use later in the season.
Honda-powered AlphaTauri drivers Yuki Tsunoda and Pierre Gasly are deeply disappointed by the cancellation of their engine manufacturer’s home race.
Honda will continue to supply Red Bull’s Formula 1 engines from its base in Sakura next year, after the Japanese manufacturer’s withdrawal from the sport.
Max Verstappen’s Red Bull has more power than at the start of the season but Honda denies the new units it introduced in France are responsible.
Honda found a win-win solution with its new V6 hybrid turbo for the 2021 season, increasing its power while also making it lighter and more compact.
Sergio Perez has revealed he nearly gave up hope of starting the Bahrain Grand Prix when his car stopped on the formation lap, before going on to finish fifth.
Max Verstappen said Red Bull’s pole position for the Bahrain Grand Prix shows Honda have done a “great job” with their new power unit.
Failure to agree a deal to continue using Honda’s power units would have left Red Bull’s commitment to Formula 1 in doubt, says team principal Christian Horner.
Honda has revealed details of the changes it has made to its power unit for 2021, which it has brought forward by a year due to its impending departure from the sport.
Red Bull and its sister team AlphaTauri will continue using Honda’s power units until Formula 1’s new engine rules are introduced in 2025, the teams have confirmed.
Red Bull hopes to gain support from rival Formula 1 teams for its engine freeze plan by proposing new ‘Balance of Performance’ rules.
Yuki Tsunoda’s chances of gaining a promotion to Formula 1 will not be affected by Honda’s decision to leave the sport, according to senior figures at the Japanese manufacturer and Red Bull.
Honda have said their US-based division made Indycar decision independently of Japan-led F1 programme.
Wolff said Mercedes will not supply Red Bull, while Binotto says it is a ‘lot of energy’ as a deal, which Ferrari had not yet considered.
Daniel Ricciardo has said a Red Bull-Renault reunion would be possible and that both parties would “get on with it.”
Lewis Hamilton says Honda’s decision to leave Formula 1 shows how far the sport has to go to improve its environmental credentials.
Pierre Gasly says he “would have loved to see” Honda continue in Formula 1 and believes they had a “bright future” before deciding to leave.
Christian Horner has denied there is a break clause related to Honda’s departure from Formula One in either Red Bull drivers’ contract.
Honda’s fourth departure from Formula 1 is clearly not just down to its zero-carbon strategy. But it leaves Red Bull with an engine dilemma to solve for 2022.