Toyoharu Tanabe is very proud of Honda after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The Japanese engine manufacturer’s leader in Formula 1 saw ‘his’ Red Bull Racing take the driver’s title with Max Verstappen, a cherry on the cake after seven years in Formula 1. Honda and Formula 1 are now separating, but Tanabe will not forgetting the weekend in the Middle East and the past years with Red Bull and AlphaTauri.
“Unfortunately we did not win the constructors’ championship with Red Bull, but that should not spoil the fun,” Tanabe begins, quoted by Japan’s AS-Web. “Seven years in Formula 1 have now come to an end for Honda and it has been a fantastic adventure. We’ve had a lot of ups and downs and this weekend was the absolute highlight, so to finish like this is of course great.”
Tanabe is very pleased with the unbridled commitment of all Honda personnel. “Everyone who has worked very hard in Sakura and Milton Keynes, they deserve a big compliment. They have constantly made the bike better without giving up. Together we have experienced a lot of technical breakthroughs. On Sunday we were able to reap the benefits of years of research and testing.’
The Honda foreman realizes all too well that with Verstappen’s title victory, the official collaboration between Red Bull and Honda will also come to an end. ‘We would like to thank everyone from the team but also from AlphaTauri for very nice years. We fought for success together and it was great. Our thanks also go to all the fans, who have given a lot of support.’
Praise for AlphaTauri and Tsunoda
Finally, Tanabe breaks a lance for Yuki Tsunoda. In the melee of the title fight, the young Japanese drove to P4 almost unseen, a great performance by the rookie. “AlphaTauri was fast all weekend and Tsunoda’s P4 was really icing on the cake. With Gasly on P5 I think we have seen the best result of the year at AlphaTauri. What a way to end the season.’