Christian Horner has said that no discussions are being held regarding Honda’s return to Formula 1 after their withdrawal at the end of 2021.
Honda left both Red Bull Racing and AlphaTauri scurrying for a new power unit supplier for 2022 after the Japanese manufacturer announced the end to its involvement in Formula 1 by the end of 2021.
Its departure will come after a three-year partnership, supplying Red Bull and its sister team since 2019 (Toro Rosso ran a Honda engine in 2018).
However, Red Bull’s recent agreement with Honda allowing the team to use the Japanese company’s F1 power unit technology has given rise to the question of Honda’s future return.
In response to this speculation, Red Bull team principal Christian Horner stated:
“I think Honda have obviously made their commitment that they’re withdrawing from Formula 1 to concentrate on fully sustainable technology by 2050 and so their company will be very much focussed on that. So there’s been no discussion or talk of a Honda return.
“We’re just very grateful that they’ve accommodated this agreement and allowed us to continue with what I’m sure will be a competitive engine.”