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Masashi Yamamoto, director of the Honda Formula 1 project, hopes that the Japanese manufacturer will return to Formula 1 as soon as possible. Yamamoto told F1.com. Honda has officially stepped out of the premier class of motorsport from January 1, but will still be present in the paddock in the coming years – in a different form.
From 2022, many employees of the Honda F1 project will transfer to Red Bull Powertrains, where the Honda engines will be further developed from 2023. Yamamoto will also most likely make the switch to Red Bull Racing, where he will take on an advisory role.
But the Japanese’s deep desire is for Honda to return to Formula 1 soon. The earliest moment could be in 2026, when the new engine regulations take effect. According to Yamamoto, this will require many young people to join Honda who are passionate about motorsport.
“Personally, I hope and expect Honda to return to Formula 1. It is important that the new generation at Honda, who are passionate about motorsport, can persuade management to return. It has happened in the past, so I hope it will happen again.” said Yamamoto.