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Honda do not rule out F1 return in 2026

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 14: Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (33) Red Bull Racing RB16B Honda during the F1 Grand Prix of Brazil at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 14, 2021 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool.

HRC president Koji Watanabe stated that “the door is not closed” for Honda to return to Formula 1 in 2026.

Honda left F1 after the 2021 season, although they are still supporting Red Bull Racing and AlphaTauri. Senior Honda personnel visited the Austrian GP last weekend, which fueled discussions about Honda’s return to F1 in 2026, when the new power unit regulations would be introduced.

Watanabe confirmed that there is a possibility of Honda’s return.

“Formula 1 is the top motorsports category, so we are always watching what is happening in the F1 world,” he said.

“Of course, we just finished and concluded our activities, so nothing [has been] discussed within the Honda company about 2026 season. So, no plan.

“[But] it is not a closed door. My understanding is that F1 is discussing to decide the regulations for 2026, and definitely the direction is carbon neutrality. That is the same direction as us.

“So we don’t have to [diverge] from carbon neutrality through F1 now. It is probably also a good opportunity to study carbon neutral F1. So it’s not a closed door.”


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