Welcome at RacingNews365

Become part of the largest racing community in the United Kingdom. Create your free account now!

  • Share your thoughts and opinions about F1
  • Win fantastic prizes
  • Get access to our premium content
  • Take advantage of more exclusive benefits
Sign in

Honda The latest Formula 1 news about Honda

Japanese engine supplier Honda will take its bow from Formula 1 for the fourth time after the end of the forthcoming 2021 season, having announced that its developmental focus is switching away from the sport’s turbo hybrid powertrain towards a carbon neutral technology.

The company announced last year that it would part ways with Red Bull once the new regulations come into force for 2022, and while the Austrian team is seeking an engine freeze for that year to allow it to take over the IP of its existing platform, Honda has made it clear that it will not be a part of the sport in the years to come.

Honda has a long history in F1 which has been punctuated by periods of absence from top tier competition stretching back to 1964, securing the first win for both the company and any non-European team a year later.

After withdrawing as a racing team in 1968, the firm returned in the 1990s as an engine supplier before an ill-fated attempt in 1999 to enter as a constructor once more. The ambition to return to racing under its own name was finally realised in 2006 when Honda purchased a majority stake in the BAR team, which was renamed to the Honda works team the following year after the ban on tobacco advertising in the sport came into force.

The team finished fourth in the constructors’ championship that first year, but followed it up with an eighth place finish in 2007 which promoted the recruitment of Ross Brawn as its technical director.

Despite Brawn’s addition, and with Jenson Button and Rubens Barichello driving, the team endured a tough 2008 and placed ninth overall in the constructors’ championship.

With Honda’s head office having to make cuts during the financial crisis of 2008, the decision was made to discontinue the team, which was subsequently purchased in a management buyout by Brawn and former Honda F1 CEO Nick Fry.

The company returned for its latest venture in F1 in 2015 as an engine supplier to McLaren, before it struck a deal to supply Red Bull’s junior team Toro Rosso for 2018 ahead of a switch away from Renault power by the main team in 2019.

Honda red bull 2022
Honda Honda had to make 'severe compromise' on Red Bull F1 engine
Honda Verstappen 2020
Honda Honda contacted by 'multiple teams' for 2026 PU supply
Verstappen Leclerc Imola
Red Bull Racing Why Red Bull-Ford receive only partial 2026 Power Unit allowances
XPB 1080896 Hi Res
Honda 'Chinese wall' between Honda and Red Bull after Ford deal
Charles Leclerc George Russell Ferrari Mercedes Hungarian GP 2022
F1 2023 How F1 teams have found power increases despite regulation 'freeze'
Verstappen Japan
Honda Could Andretti partner with Honda F1 power units?
Verstappen Great Britain 2022 Silverstone
Helmut Marko Marko: Red Bull had to protect F1 future after Honda withdrawal
Hamilton Rosberg Verstappen 2016
Red Bull Racing How Mercedes' dominance helped Red Bull to prepare to win
XPB 1184740 Hi Res
Red Bull Racing Red Bull power units officially rebranded for 2023
Verstappen Mexico
Honda Honda takes important step towards F1 return
Honda nsx present Verstappen screenshot
Max Verstappen Honda thank Verstappen with valuable gift for double F1 titles
Newey Honda 2019
Red Bull Racing How Honda got Red Bull's top designer Adrian Newey sharp again
Verstappen Japan
Max Verstappen Verstappen: 'Perfect' to win World Championship at Suzuka for Honda
Verstappen Singapore
Japanese Grand Prix 2022 Verstappen: Title win in Japan would be 'extra special' for Honda
Honda Verstappen 2020
Honda Honda strengthens relationship with Red Bull and AlphaTauri
Verstappen Honda
Helmut Marko Marko relieved that Honda agreement saves Red Bull from 'problem'
MP9 8219
Honda Honda F1 chief surprised by Red Bull's huge lead over Ferrari
Verstappen Honda
Red Bull Racing Marko praises Honda as agreement with Red Bull is extended
MP9 5824
Red Bull Racing Red Bull and Honda extend partnership to 2025
Verstappen Honda
Honda Honda shut down speculation over possible F1 comeback
EXCLUSIVE Alonso creates goosebumps: "Even then I knew he was going to be big in F1"