That says technical director Toyoharu Tanabe of the Japanese company. Honda is entering its final year of collaboration with Red Bull, the racing stable of Verstappen.
“At the end of this year, our partnership with Red Bull and AlphaTauri will come to an end and we will withdraw from Formula 1, but our ambition remains intact; we want to conquer the world title ”, says Tanabe. “We have a relatively short break this year, but are working hard on an engine that will perform even better.”
Verstappen won two Grand Prixs last year and was often on the podium, but his Red Bull was usually not able to compete with the fast Mercedes. The Dutchman also dropped out a number of times. “We are now developing the power unit for 2021, both for better performance and reliability. Of course the other teams are not sitting still and we also know that our position is still behind Mercedes, but we really want to win more races and take part in the championship, ”said the Honda boss.
According to Tanabe, the Red Bull was quite reliable last season. “We had already learned a lot from the previous seasons and it was certainly positive that last year we used exactly the three engines allowed per driver, which means we avoided grid penalties.”
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