Hill Cheekily Accuses Honda of Quitting F1 Amid Lewis Hamilton Threat Like Nico Rosberg

Published 12/31/2021, 6:26 AM EST
Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg (left) shakes hands with Lewis Hamilton as he celebrates winning the Formula One world championship during the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi. (Photo by David Davies/PA Images via Getty Images)


Honda has officially left Formula One once again. The Japanese manufacturer has left the sport after winning the world championship with Max Verstappen and Red Bull. Former world champion Damon Hill mentioned that the departure of Honda reminds him of when Nico Rosberg left the sport in 2016 after beating Lewis Hamilton.

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Rosberg had finally beaten Hamilton to become the world champion in 2016. But he left everyone shocked when he announced his retirement from the sport after winning the title. This meant that Lewis did not get the opportunity to beat Nico again to win back the championship.

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Former world champion compares Honda to Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg

As reported by Formula Passion, 1996 world champion Damon Hill mentioned, he was sad to see the Japanese manufacturer leave the sport after finally succeeding in F1. He also claimed that leaving the sport after winning could also be the best time to leave.

“There are some who will say [that the beauty] is the path, the battle, the continuous struggle. Not the ending. [The ending] can almost become a disappointment at times, because suddenly you find yourself [thinking] ‘Well, what do I do now?’

“You need to start all over again. But to Honda, I said ‘Well done. What an amazing result. I’m sorry to see you go‘,” said the former world champion.

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – NOVEMBER 27: Race winner Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP congratulates second-place finisher and World Drivers Champion Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP on the podium during the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at Yas Marina Circuit on November 27, 2016, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

It’s a bit like with Rosberg. They left us while they were winning, again. But in many ways, it could be the best way to quit by winning the championship. Otherwise, there is just even more hard work [to be done].” said Hill.

It is an interesting comparison made by Hill. Like Rosberg, Honda too is leaving the sport with their heads held high and retaining their reputation. But it is sad to see a huge manufacturer like Honda leave F1. Hopefully, they will be back in F1 once again.

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sports Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been an ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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