Honda F1 basic supervisor Masashi Yamamoto admitted he had “Mixed feelings” figuring out that the Honda energy unit will proceed to roar beneath the engine hood of Red Bull and AlphaTauri subsequent yr, regardless of the departure of the Japanese engine producer at the finish of this 2021 season.
Last yr, Honda introduced that it was ending its F1 program from the finish of the 2021 season in order to focus all of its sources on the electrification of its passenger automobile lineup.
Once the shock of this announcement acquired, Red Bull determined to proceed utilizing the Honda engine from 2020 by shopping for the mental property of the Japanese engine producer on the sole situation that the guidelines regarding the improvement of the engines are fully frozen to keep away from Red Bull to spend astronomical sums to replace the Honda V6 block.
The freeze on engine guidelines from 2022 has already been enacted, which implies that Red Bull and AlphaTauri will proceed to make use of the Honda engine subsequent yr, which will probably be renamed Red Bull.
Honda's Formula 1 chief government for his half says he is very completely satisfied to know that the Honda V6 will live on beneath the hood of an F1 in 2022, however admits to having blended emotions figuring out that the model emblem doesn't. will seem extra on single-seaters.
“We made this determination with Red Bull and we at the moment are in the section of finalizing the particulars on how Honda can help the program from subsequent yr. “ mentioned Yamamoto, cited by the F1 web site.
“Personally, I'm actually completely satisfied, that at least from subsequent yr they've one thing that we've finished. “
“As Honda we need to help Red Bull by giving them a aggressive energy unit that they'll battle for the championships with, and if we get there that might be actually nice. “
“But there will not be a Honda emblem on the automobile or the engine, so it is going to be blended emotions to see a automobile that has a Honda powertrain. “
Yamamoto then defined the problem confronted by his employees in getting ready the engine block that was launched in F1 for the engine producer's remaining season in 2021 – whereas including that he anticipated to see Red Bull obtain a number of victories with the Honda engine this yr.
“In the schedule before the arrival of the Covid, the new engine was to be introduced in 2021. But then the Covid arrived and it had an impact on development, so we postponed it until 2022.”
“Then issues modified once more as a result of we introduced that we might be leaving F1 at the finish of the 2021 season, so we postponed it till this yr. “
“Obviously, we stopped the improvement of 2022 a bit due to the well being scenario – possibly for just a few months – after which we lastly postponed it to 2021, so it was very tight in phrases of schedule. The engineers at Sakura did an excellent job. “
” Given the time we had, it was very difficult. But we have accumulated a lot of knowledge since 2015 [lorsque Honda est revenu en F1 avec McLaren], so I trusted the engineers to do it.”
” We were sure and we knew this powertrain had more power, so we wanted to run with a better engine with more power, so our determination was really strong.”
” In reality, it will be really difficult to win all the races or to be strong on each track.. But we communicate very well with Red Bull and in some races we think we can win. “
“For the different races we've to verify we will at least get a podium. It's that form of steadiness that we've to seek out to get good outcomes in all races. “