Honda Claims to Have Provided Red Bull F1 With Best Shot of Dethroning Mercedes

Published 03/25/2021, 9:25 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Pre-Season Testing – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 13, 2021 Red Bull’s Sergio Perez in action during testing REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed


The 2021 F1 season will be Honda’s last as they announced that they’ll be ceasing their F1 operations at the end of this year. As such, this represents their last chance with Red Bull to win an elusive world championship title, having last powered McLaren and Ayrton Senna’s title-winning charge in 1991. While Red Bull have looked pretty good in pre-season testing, fans’ hopes will be further boosted by Honda’s latest declaration.

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The Japanese engine manufacturer believes that they are totally prepared to take on the new season. From their side, Honda claims it has given Red Bull and its sister team AlphaTauri the best possible package.

Honda F1’s technical director Toyoharu Tanabe spoke proudly of his crew’s efforts ahead of the season opener in Bahrain.

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Formula One F1. Pre-Season Testing. Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain. Red Bull’s Sergio Perez in action during testing REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

He said, “From Honda’s side, in order to improve our performance, we have modified many of our PU components so that we effectively have a new PU for this season. Compared to last year, the new one has more power, a lower centre of gravity and is very compact.

“Therefore, apart from the power increase, the PU has also improved the overall packaging and therefore performance of both our teams’ cars.”

Honda F1 states season goal with Red Bull

Tanabe didn’t mince his words. He made it very clear what Honda’s priority for the season is.

He said, “This will be Honda’s last year in Formula 1 and we feel we are very well prepared on all fronts, from the PU to the chassis to our two strong driver line-ups. We will take every race as it comes as we strive for our ultimate goal of winning the Formula 1 World Championship.”

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO. Race winner Max Verstappen of Red Bull Racing celebrates in parc ferme. Formula One Grand Prix of Mexico at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

Everything so far seems to suggest we have a title race on our hands. Even Mercedes themselves believe Red Bull could be the team to beat. However, the Milton Keynes-based outfit may want to tread with caution.

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After all, the Silver Arrows are still the perennial champions. And they have a certain Lewis Hamilton too among their ranks, one that is very motivated to Michael Schumacher’s long-standing record.

However, for fans, this season promises to be a juicy one. Let us know what are your predictions for the season opener in Bahrain down below.

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Ronan Carvalho

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Ronan Carvalho is senior F1 author for Essentiallysports. Ronan is currently pursuing his Journalism degree from St. Xavier's College.

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