AlphaTauri technical director Jody Egginton has confirmed Honda will not reduce their power unit development despite the engine manufacturer's decision to leave Formula 1 after 2021.
Egginton, who has been with AlphaTauri since the start of the turbo-hybrid era in 2014, is also confident that the new power unit will meet the team's targets for the upcoming season.
“Effectively, Honda is giving us a new Power Unit for this year and have taken the opportunity to develop the packaging around it," said Egginton.
"Honda is very determined to push right to the end of 2021 and we are sure the power unit will continue to provide all that is required."
Earlier this month, Red Bull announced they will take over the running of the Honda engines from next year until 2024. It's a move that Egginton is pleased with because it provides stability within the team and on the car.
"I believe we can continue to race competitively using them [Red Bull run Honda engines], so this announcement is really great news for the team," added Egginton. "It’s a huge commitment from Red Bull to make but it will allow both Scuderia AlphaTauri and Red Bull Racing to remain competitive by using a PU that we’re already very comfortable with.
"As a customer team you often have to make compromises – such as to the chassis – that can inhibit the true performance of a car, so retaining the PU in-house through Red Bull Powertrains Limited allows us to maintain the best possible package."