Honda will stop in Formula 1 after 2021

The Japanese manufacturer announced this during a press conference in Tokyo on Friday morning. Honda has been supplying engines to Red Bull Racing since 2019 and to sister team AlphaTauri for the previous year. Max Verstappen gave the Japanese their first victory in the hybrid era in the premier class of motorsport in Austria last year.

Still, the Honda top, where there have been doubts about continuing in Formula 1, has decided not to renew the expiring contract. The manufacturer states that it wants to focus more on environmental initiatives and achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.

Stopping Honda is a bitter pill for Red Bull. That team chose Honda, after the marriage with Renault ended in a fighting divorce. Max Verstappen recently said he fervently hoped Honda would continue after 2021. At the moment there are two other suppliers of engines in Formula 1 in addition to Renault and Honda: Mercedes and Ferrari.

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner says he respects Honda’s difficult decision. “We are disappointed that we cannot continue with Honda, but are also extremely proud of the five victories and fifteen podium places that both Red Bull teams have achieved with Honda so far in total.”

Horner continues: „Our joint focus remains to fight for victories and the championship in the coming period. Red Bull Racing is committed to the long term of the sport and we look forward to a new era of innovation, development and success. We are now taking the time to evaluate and find the most competitive power source for 2022 and beyond. ”

After 2021, the rules in Formula 1 will be overhauled. A budget ceiling will already be set from next year, but cars will also change significantly from 2022. That should generate more action on the track.

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