RED BULL ENGINE PARTNER HONDA TO LEAVE F1 AT END OF 2021
Red Bull engine partner Honda announced it will leave Formula One at the end of 2021
Honda have announced it will leave the FIA Formula 1 at the end of the 2021 season. The Red Bull Engine partner said the decision comes as a result of the transformation of the car industry away from internal combustion engines. Honda stated they are pursuing "carbon neutrality by 2050" through "future power-unit and energy technologies, including fuel-cell vehicle and battery technologies".
The move leaves Red Bull and Alpha Tauri needing to find an engine supplier and the sport with just three engine companies. Red Bull team principal Christian Horner said: "The shifting focus within the automotive industry has led to Honda's decision to re-deploy their resources and we understand and respect the reasoning behind this.
"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 returned to F1 in 2015 and spent a turbulent and challenging three years with McLaren, with both engine and car not at a competitive level. The company switched to Red Bull's junior team Toro Rosso for 2018 and then Red Bull itself for 2019, and have won a total of five grands prix over the last two years.
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