Not Max Verstappen’s Title Win in Abu Dhabi! Honda F1 Boss Reveals Favorite Moment in Red Bull Partnership

Published 12/28/2021, 3:39 AM EST
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – DECEMBER 09: Masashi Yamamoto of Honda, Red Bull Racing Team Consultant Dr Helmut Marko and Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner look on at the Red Bull Racing team photo during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi at Yas Marina Circuit on December 09, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)


Honda have officially left Formula One once again. The Japanese manufacturer left after having their best season in the sport and helping Red Bull secure the drivers’ title.

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Red Bull and Honda enjoyed a fruitful partnership. The latter helped the Austrian team challenge for the title in 2021 by bringing in a new engine at the beginning of the season. Interestingly, Honda F1 boss Masashi Yamamoto said that despite the successful 2021 campaign, the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was not their favorite moment with Red Bull.

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The best moment for me is the Australian Grand Prix in 2019: Honda F1 boss

As reported by Motorsport.com, the Japanese team boss Masashi Yamamoto mentioned that the 2019 Australian Grand Prix was his favorite moment with Red Bull, as it was the first podium with the team.

“The best moment for me is the Australian Grand Prix in 2019, the first podium with Red Bull Racing. Also, of course, 2019 Austria, the first win with Red Bull,” said Yamamoto.

Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 4, 2021, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, and McLaren’s Lando Norris celebrate first and third place on the podium with Honda F1’s Technical Director Toyoharu Tanabe REUTERS/Lisi Niesner

The Red Bull-Honda pairing was very successful as they won 16 races in three years. But at the beginning of the 2021 season, the Japanese manufacturer announced its departure from the sport. Yamamoto stated that despite the excellent results in 2021, they did not want to continue in F1.

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“Leaving F1 was a very big decision for Honda, and it was for the carbon-neutral and also for the customers all over the world. Although we’re having good results this year, we never had a discussion to stay here,” said Yamaguchi.

It is a shame to see Honda leaving the sport after finally succeeding since their return. Though they will help Red Bull in their Powertrains project, hopefully, they will return to F1 and have more success.

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What are your predictions for Red Bull for the 2022 season? Do you think they can challenge Mercedes for the drivers’ and constructors’ titles again, or will Mercedes restore their dominance?

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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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