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“We haven’t achieved the title” Yamamoto seek Honda to perform in the 2021 for F1 title

Honda’s Formula One’s Managing Director thinks Honda did not achieve much in the Formula One circuit. Given the popularity and technology the Japanese Automobile giant has, their performance in the sport has been little too less. Everyone at Honda Racing thinks a Championship is a must before bowing out of the sport.

Masashi: “We have not yet reached our goal”

Mercedes, lately have been too strong of a contender and they don’t seem to stop anytime soon. The German automobile giant has been the top team in the sport for a long time now. Honda will face quite difficulty in pushing Mercedes down to achieve the success. Honda Formula One’s Managing Director Masashi Yamamoto said, “We have not yet reached our goal of being champions.” He was talking in an interview on the day of Red Bull’s 2021 car reveal.

Masashi also asserted, “Racing is our passion and we are not satisfied that we have not achieved the title. So we said ‘let’s move the engine from 2022 to 2021’. We will work hard in this last season of Honda in Formula 1.”

Honda’s history in Formula One

Honda has been an integral part of Formula One both as an engine manufacturer and team owner for various periods since 1964. Honda then returned in 1983 as an engine manufacturer following a bad phase as a team owner. After winning races in 1984 and 1985, Honda won the Constructors’ Championship every year between 1986 and 1991 with Williams and McLaren.

Honda then withdrew at the end of 1992 after having achieved their targets and returned again in 2000, providing engines for British American Racing (BAR). BAR-Honda finished second in the Constructors’ Championship in 2004. By the end of 2005 Honda bought the BAR team and rebranded it as Honda in 2006. After a good 2006 season where Jenson Button won the Hungarian Grand Prix, Honda announced in December 2008 that they would be exiting Formula One.

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However, in May 2013, Honda announced to return to Formula One in 2015. Honda partnered with McLaren to supply power units. McLaren and Honda split after three years. Meanwhile Toro Rosso (now Alpha Tauri) agreed to use Honda engines till 2018 season. After a quite successful season with Toro Rosso, Honda showed fast development with the engines, Red Bull Racing agreed to also take on Honda engines for the 2019 season.

Honda now gives engines to Red Bull and Alpha Tauri. Honda Managing Director and Red Bull both are having high hopes of clinching a Championship this time around with their cars being nearly as powerful as Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes. It is now for us to see what happens once the season starts for 2021 with Bahrain Grand Prix on March 28.


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