Honda F1 boss Masashi Yamamoto accepts his team is leaving the sport “too soon” after reaping their first successes after years of hard work.
Honda with Red Bull had a great season in 2021. And it tasted its first success with the Drivers’ Championship after returning to the sport in 2021.
But the Japanese manufacturers decided in late 2020 to exit the sport before the start of the 2022 season. However, it leaves its resources to Red Bull under the engine freeze regulation.
But within the F1 circle there is a belief that Honda is leaving the sport too soon, especially when their work is finally working. The engine suppliers were criticized too much for their time at McLaren a few years ago and now it was probably time to make amends.
When asked Masashi Yamamoto, Honda’s F1 boss, if the company is leaving the sport without real success, he admits his team is leaving the sport too soon.
“Personally yes, I agree,” Yamamoto said. “But of course this is a company decision and I understand which way the company wants to go, so in the end we have to accept that. But we always have the imagination, so let’s hope that one day Honda will return to F1.”
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The exit announced by Honda helped them push
However, Yamamoto also admits that the thought of leaving F1 after 2021 also motivated her to give it her all in 2021. Therefore, it has helped Red Bull get even closer to Mercedes over the past year.
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“Our last year was focused on winning the championship and now I think we’ve finished our job in Formula 1. We achieved our goal, also within the timeframe we set ourselves.
“First we had a partnership with Toro Rosso, and a year later Red Bull joined them. Our goal and her goal was to win the championship within three years. That’s exactly what happened in 2021, so it’s just a great story, especially as we put a lot of effort into it.”
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