Honda left Formula 1 with the title of Max Verstappen. The Japanese brand, which returned to the 'Grand Circus' in 2015 with McLaren and which pow
Honda left Formula 1 with the title of Max Verstappen. The Japanese brand, which returned to the ‘Grand Circus’ in 2015 with McLaren and which powered Red Bull between 2019 and 2021, left the competition to focus on neutral emission engines in its road cars. But the new regulation being discussed regarding propellants may bring the Japanese back.
As published by Lawrence Barretto on the official Formula 1 website, there was a Honda delegation led by Toshihiro Mibe, CEO of the company, at the Austrian GP. Koji Watanabe, president of HRC, denies that there has been talk of a possible return, although he does not close the door: “Formula 1 is the highest category of motorsport, so we are always aware of what happens in it.”
“We have just finished in Formula 1, so at Honda we have not discussed anything,” says Watanabe, although he adds that “the doors have not been closed. I think Formula 1 is talking about the 2026 regulations, which are going in the direction of carbon neutrality, the same one that we are taking. It is a good opportunity to study it.”
The president of HRC admits that if they want to return in 2026 “they should make the decision in a year and a half at the most”. Despite the fact that Honda no longer motorizes either Red Bull or Alpha Tauri, many of the Japanese brand’s engineers have gone on to work at the so-called Red Bull Powertrains, the Austrian structure’s own company.