THE POWER OF NIGHTMARES!
Honda have made their intentions clear to LEAVE F1 at the end of the 2021 season.
So it’s official, Honda are pulling out of FORMULA 1 as an engine supplier at the conclusion of the 2021 season!
The fabled Japanese marque announced this morning via social media, their intention to bring their stint in F1 to a close once again.
Honda initially returned to the sport in 2015, supplying engines to McLaren. However, a combination of bad chassis’ and poor power unit reliability lead to the Woking team dropping Honda at the end of the 2017 season.
Since 2018 though, Honda supplied engines to RedBull’s sister/junior team, RedBull Toro Rosso Honda
This partnership has continued through Toro Rosso’s rebrand to Scuderia Alpha Tauri, and has produced 2 podiums in 2019, and a win for Pierre Gasly at the 2020 Italian Grand Prix.
With the Aston Martin RedBull Racing senior team, Honda tasted a measure of success on their debut at the 2019 Australian Grand Prix as Dutchman, Max Verstappen, came home in 3rd place.
Across 2019, RedBull achieved 4 podium finishes and 3 wins thanks to Max Verstappen, placing 3rd in the Constructor’s Championship standings.
So far in 2020, RedBull have secured 1 win and 6 podiums thanks to Verstappen and a further podium finish thanks to Alex Albon, coming at the Tuscan GP.
RedBull will have been rocked by this news as even though Mercedes are unbelievably well drilled and in fine form, ASMRBR are definitely seeing an upturn in form, with more podiums than 2019, and the scope to match last season’s win tally in the remaining 7 race weekends.
Team Principal Christian Horner especially, burnt a lot of bridges between his team and Renault. This is due to too many occurrences of poor PU reliability since 2014 and the dawn of the turbo hybrid era.
RedBull went from being 4-TIME DOUBLE WORLD CHAMPIONS... To scraping for top 4 finishes.
Annoyed by this, from 2016 onwards, RedBull refuses to acknowledge the Renault name either on their cars, their team gear or in speech. Instead, their PU ran TagHeuer branding, an ode to a long-standing team sponsor.
This eventually, all came to head in 2019 when ASMRBR announced they were moving away from Renault power, and aligning with their sister team and using Honda power.
Now though, Honda are going to be shifting their focus and their corporate knowhow towards sustainability and carbon neutrality. They are looking achieve their goal of carbon neutrality by the year 2050. In addition to this, Honda have set the goal of “electrifying two-thirds of our global automobile unit sales in 2030...”.
In a further statement, the company said:
“To realise our goals, we will focus on strengthening our research and development in the areas of future power unit and energy technologies. In April of this year, we revamped the organisational structure of Honda R&D which will focus on the future technologies of Honda, and we created a new center called Innovative Research Excellence, Power Unit & Energy.”
To that vain, you cannot really blame Honda for wanting to step away from the sport, as they look to achieve their rather admirable goals. However, with the new batch of rules, (which are set to revolutionise the sport), being pushed back until 2022 due to the virus crippling the world, stocks, shares crashing and general global instability, the RedBull Family are now heading for an engine supplier headache too!
With engine and gearbox homologation such a hot topic of conversation since this era of F1 began, it raises questions of which manufacturer ASMRBR will look towards for 2022 onwards...
We’ve already documented the lay of the land between themselves and Renault, Mercedes will be highly reluctant to aid a firm title rival and at the time of writing this piece, the Ferrari power is abysmal. To put it this way, you know that you have an issue when the customer teams are regularly either qualifying and/or finishing ABOVE the engine manufacturer...
It remains to be seen whether RedBull, who will have their tail firmly between their legs, will risk getting back into bed with either Ferrari (as they did in 2006, tempt Cosworth back to the sport (Cosworth used in 2005), or they’ll have to go back to Cyril Abiteboul and apologise and grovel to use Renault power...💀👀
STAY TUNED petrolheads, this WILL be very interesting indeed!😌