As Honda is set to exit Formula One after 2021, the Japanese manufacturer does not exclude a return to the pinnacle of motorsports in 2025.
Honda is currently supplying both Alpha Tauri and Red Bull in engines for the 2021 Formula One season. The stakes are tremendous for Honda’s last season in F1 as Red Bull have a lot of reasons to think they can claim both the constructors’ and the drivers’ titles, ending Mercedes’ seven years of domination right before the 2022 regulation change.
Although this last dance is especially exciting for Honda, the decision of leaving Formula One to focus on carbon-neutral motorization will remain unchanged, according to Masaya Nagai, Honda’s director of motorsports.
However, as was already mentioned by the FIA, the 2025 or 2026 season will usher in a new era of motorization in F1, with a promise of introducing more sustainable power units. If F1’s new guideline is in accordance with Honda’s objectives, the Japanese manufacturer will reconsider their Formula One engagement.
“Our ideas haven’t changed, so we won’t reconsider our withdrawal. That is why everyone is very excited about this season, and I think that is why we have been able to achieve the results we have,” Nagai told motorsport.com.
“The power source is changing [in 2025 or 2026]. The way of racing can also change through carbon-neutral development. If that suits us, we may consider participating again by then.
“That moment can always come, but it’s not an issue at the moment.
“Besides, the season isn’t over yet. We want to race without regrets, that’s the main thing.”