Honda announce they will leave F1 after 2021
The Japanese manufacturer will depart the sport for the second time in recent history...
Honda have announced that they will leave F1 come the end of the 2021 season. The Japanese engine manufacturer was one of only four suppliers in the sport, with teams now left with one less option for 2022.
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Red Bull team principal Christian Horner released a statement saying that he "Understands and respects" the reasoning behind their decision.
"Their decision presents obvious challenges for us as a team but we have been here before and with our strength in depth we are well prepared and equipped to respond effectively, as we have proven in the past."
Honda most recently won a race in the hands of Pierre Gasly, as the Alpha Tauri driver took an incredible underdog victory at the 2020 Italian Grand Prix.
Red Bull and Alpha Tauri are committed to F1 until 2025 as per signing of the updated Concorde Agreement, but the Honda move has left them in a sticky situation.
With Mercedes set to be supplying three teams, the works outfit, Williams and returning customer McLaren, it looks unlikely that Red Bull will move to the German marque's power unit.
Renault, who are withdrawing their name from the works team that will be rebranded as Alpine, are not an option for the Milton Keynes-based outfit owing to their rather destructive divorce towards the end of 2016.
The third option is Ferrari, whom have supplied engines to Alpha Tauri when it was under the Toro Rosso moniker.