Honda’s technical director Toyoharu Tanabe has confirmed that Honda will be supplying engines for Red Bull and AlphaTauri from Sakura in 2022.
Tanabe has said that Honda’s departure from the sport is something that he personally regrets, but any success this year will not change Honda’s decision on the matter.
“Regardless of the result of this year’s championship or our result, I think Honda’s decision has been not changed from their previous one,” he said. “It means leaving from Formula 1.”
Christian Horner has admitted that 2022 will serve as a transitional period till Red Bull can produce its own power unit.
He has also said that by 2023 assembly of the engine will be taken over by Red Bull Powertrains. Red Bull has poached staff from Mercedes to form Red Bull Powertrains.
“Obviously as we gear ourselves up within Red Bull Powertrains, 2022 will be a transitionary year,” Horner said. “So we’re working with Honda to have a have a soft landing where the engines will continue to be assembled in Sakura in 2022 before that process [is] taken on in our new facility in time for 2023.”
Regarding the transition as a whole, Tanabe has not given out too many details, only saying that the progress is good so far.
“Red Bull and Honda have been working on that project and how to proceed that transition for next year,” he said.
“I cannot tell the detail but generally we are going [in] a good direction. We should prepare well for next year so now we are working very hard [and] I am working very hard at the trackside.”