Pierre Gasly and Yuki Tsunoda expressed their disappointment in the cancellation of the Japanese GP, which was the home race of the engine manufacturer for both Red Bull and AlphaTauri.
Tsunoda in particular, who was supported from the start by Honda, expressed his disappointment in his home race being canceled, although he admitted it was expected, given the rise in COVID-19 cases in Japan after the Olympics.
“The Covid situation [is] getting a little bit bad,” Tsunoda said. “I was hearing from the government or F1 staff that if it’s getting bad, [there’s a] high chance that it’s going to be canceled. And that’s happened.
“I was really looking forward, especially to driving in front of the Japanese fans and also driving at Suzuka.
“The last time I drove was Formula 4. I was really looking forward to it, to feel the difference from Formula 4 to Formula 1. It’s a bit sad but it is what it is.”
Gasly added on, stating that he too was not surprised by the cancelation and that the news is “very sad” as the team will be unable to celebrate Honda’s final home race for the foreseeable future.
“Thanks to the history and the fact of living there for some time and being a Honda driver, it’s been always incredible the support I received there. And especially this year being the last year of Honda, before the break I was actually talking with people in the team, my friends and family, how excited I was about going back there after we missed it last year,” Gasly explained.
“And when I got the news I was obviously very, very sad and also disappointed for Honda not to be able to have a sort of last celebrations all together with the people that supported us for so many years.
“We’re still going to go there in the future, I’m sure, but it would have been nice to have one last celebration being a Honda driver with Honda and in Japan. So it’s very sad news,” Gasly concluded.