Honda recently announced that its contract will leave Formula 1 after its expiration in 2021, leaving its partners, Red Bull Racing and AlphaTauri, without an engine.
The energy drink manufacturer is looking for possible solutions, and while getting Red Bull off is also an option, the main goal is to stay. Another forced co-ordination with Renault is an option, but as Honda also wants to minimize the effects of leaving, trying to avoid a loss of face as the Japanese do, they made it clear that they were even open to handing over the program.
Speaking to German Sport1, Red Bull motorsport boss Helmut Marko said they were also taking this opportunity seriously:
“Provided the negotiations go well, we would be happy to take over the base, the intellectual property and everything else from Honda and then make the engines in Milton Keynes,” the Austrian said.
If we manage to come up with the above solution, Red Bull’s problem will be solved, but Honda’s departure will still be a blow to Formula One. F1 sports manager Ross Brawn wrote this in the latest part of his usual race evaluator.
“It’s unfortunate that Honda will be leaving Formula 1 at the end of 2021. This is the fourth time in my career that they have got in and then got out. But I am confident that their situation will change and as F1 develops, we will be able to work with them again! ”
“Every carmaker is facing serious challenges now, and F1 needs to respond, we need to find answers to those challenges, and we need to become more relevant to the automotive industry to find support for their non-F1 goals in the sport.”
“I hope the new engine standard, to be introduced in 2026 at the latest, will encourage Honda to return. We also encourage them to participate in the work of the International Automobile Federation (FIA) working groups in developing the new engine formula. Honda was a great partner in F1, I want to work with them again in the future! ”