Max Verstappen had a world championship hope for the 2020 Formula One season, winning only once after nine races, but dropped out of three more races due to engine failure. The Dutch have been increasingly critical of Honda in recent times, despite being more successful last year, Red Bull even talked to him ahead of this weekend’s Russian Grand Prix.
In addition to team boss Christian Horner, Honda F1 program technical director Tanabe Tojoharu was present at the press conference in Sochi on Friday. The Japanese specialist was unable to provide meaningful information about what will happen to the contract with Red Bull and AlphaTauri, but which will expire at the end of next season, as well as whether Honda will remain in Formula 1 at all. .
“I’m not really involved in these discussions at all, I’m responsible for the technical side, so I can’t answer that question,” said Tanabe, who mentioned Pierre Gasly’s victory in Monza.
“We are delighted with his victory, the Honda and Red Bull families alike. The Japanese fans were indeed happy with his success and being able to see him on the podium. We will continue to work hard with both teams to improve our performance. ”