Honda Chief Executive Masashi Yamamoto reckons the Japanese manufacturer will return to Formula 1 in the future, as they near the end of their latest chapter in the sport.
The current season is Honda's last in F1, so they can focus on carbon neutral projects, although the company will continue to supply Red Bull's and AlphaTauri's engines from their base in Sakura in 2022, before a full handover to Red Bull Powertrains in 2023.
"I personally think yes, we are going to be back," Yamamoto was quoted by The Race ahead of this weekend's Turkish Grand Prix.
"Now it's a situation where Honda has to concentrate on the carbon neutral and we have to accelerate the project.
"But once it's going well, I think there will be people who want to do F1 inside the company."
In a recent, exclusive interview with RacingNews365.com, Yamamoto revealed Honda will look at how to exploit their success if Red Bull win this year's World Championship
Yamamoto is adamant that the result of the 2021 title race will not influence Honda's decision to make a return to F1.
"It's very difficult to answer but probably they will not be really affected by the result," Yamamoto explained to The Race.
"From our point of view the end of the project is the end of this year. That's why we're focusing on winning the championship.
"Next year will be a transition, some people staying on to give our job to them. The easiest way of saying is we will be gone, marketing and management, from trackside. So, Honda is gone."