Honda left Formula 1 at the end of last year, after having made it clear that that it wants to give priority to its idea of zero-emission models, preparing for a market - not only in the field of motorpsort - which is ready to become increasingly green.
"Honda is pleased that, following our decision to leave Formula 1 at the end of 2021, we have been able to reach an agreement for the two Red Bull-owned teams to use our F1 PU technology in F1 after 2021."#PoweredByHonda pic.twitter.com/dk4AlW2U0q— Honda Racing F1_Archive (@HondaRacingF1) February 15, 2021
Despite this decision, the Japanese manufacturer has not left Red Bull yet and will continue to supply the Austrian team with Power Units at least until the end of 2024. What matters most to Honda is the line of action that Liberty Media and the FIA have set for the future of Formula 1. The keyword is always the same: eco-sustainability. A sustainable F1 is ready to become reality, with the guidelines imposed by the Federation for 2026.
Last week in Austria, Koji Watanabe, president of HRC - Honda Racing Corporation - said:
“Formula 1 is the top motorsports category, so we are always watching what is happening in the F1 world.
“Of course, we just finished and concluded our activities, so nothing [has been] discussed within the Honda company about 2026 season. I know, no plan.
Formula 1 has been working towards this path, for several years, so Honda might actually come back in a greener scenario in 2026, and Watanabe said that maybe F1 and Honda dicrections might cross again in the future.
“[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. "
“I think there are several factors we need to watch [before returning in F1]," - Watanabe said to Motorsport.com - “But once we decided to conclude the F1 because of mass production [road cars] and carbon neutrality, first we need to concentrate on this side.
"Then, once we can realize that we can achieve this, we can consider F1."
"And If we want to return to F1 in 2026, probably we need to decide within 1-1.5 years."