Honda will leave Formula 1 at the end of this season. In practice, however, the fork is slightly different. Honda’s motorsport director Masashi Yamamoto gives an update on the state of affairs.
Honda announced in 2020 that it would leave Formula 1 at the end of 2021. However, nothing could be further from the truth, because in 2022 the Japanese engine manufacturer will continue to support Red Bull : “Next year will be entirely a transfer period and we will keep all of the technology. Then we think they can manage by themselves from 2023,” Masashi Yamamoto begins in conversation with RacingNews365.
“We think that Red Bull can then be completely self-sufficient in 2023,” he continues, followed by the question of whether they will disappear completely from the F1 stage or continue to have close ties with Red Bull: “At the moment we are not talking about a possible support role from 2023.”
If Honda, together with Red Bull, succeeds in winning the world title in 2021, that is, this season, Honda must seize the opportunity to put on a huge PR campaign, even if it is not officially a manufacturer active in F1?
“If possible, we may consider and discuss with F1 and other rights holders, including teams, that we may be able to do something next year as well, as a marketing campaign, if we won the 2021 championship,” said Yamamoto.
“We’ll choose a suitable timing to announce what it will be like after this year.”