More Misery for Mercedes as Honda F1 Promises Huge Red Bull Update

Published 06/21/2021, 11:51 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – French Grand Prix – Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet, France – June 19, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in action during practice REUTERS/Eric Gaillard


It is no secret that Honda will be leaving Formula One at the end of the 2021 season. So far, the Red Bull and Honda partnership has been reaping many rewards this season. Now the Japanese engine manufacturer wants to give Red Bull and AlphaTauri one last hurrah before the 2022 season.

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Next year, both outfits have their own engines, but Honda still wants to leave a lasting impression on the two teams. In conversation with Auto Hebdo, Honda F1 chief, Masashi Yamamoto revealed that they have big plans. According to him, the engine manufacturer is developing a new power source to be used next year.

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“I am convinced that we have done everything we can to compete with Mercedes,” Yamamoto said. “Red Bull has also given us the opportunity to get the most out of our last season with this new engine. In terms of power, the engines are now very close to each other. The differences now are mainly due to the track and the conditions. We have to keep developing the engine.”

NUERBURG, GERMANY – OCTOBER 11: Second placed Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing talks with Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner, Masashi Yamamoto of Honda and Red Bull Racing Team Consultant Dr Helmut Marko in parc ferme during the F1 Eifel Grand Prix at Nuerburgring in Nuerburg, Germany. (Photo by Dan Istitene – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

Why is Honda leaving Formula One and Red Bull?

Yamamoto confessed that the Japanese giants did not take this decision lightly. According to him, they elected to leave Formula 1 because of the market shift towards electric technology. Since the automobile manufacturer will field more engineers for that project, there will be more emphasis there.

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Formula One F1 – French Grand Prix – Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet, France – June 20, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas in action during the race REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

The Honda boss also spoke of the prospect of his colleagues working on the Red Bull Powertrains. He admitted that there were no plans that he was aware of at the moment.

However, he acknowledged that that could change at the end of the season. So far, the Red Bull team are performing brilliantly and look like serious title threats to Mercedes. However, they know that they cannot afford to slip up as the season is still long.

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