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Therefore, the brand must return to Formula 1

Honda announced in October 2020 that it would retire from Formula 1 at the end of the 2021 season, as the brand set a goal to be carbon-neutral by 2030, and the new look did not fit into F1’s billion-dollar engine programme.

Since then, however, Red Bull, equipped with Honda engines, has not only been involved in the fight with Mercedes, but Max Verstappen He also won the individual championship Lewis Hamilton with defeat. And after their luck changed, so did the mood in Honda’s senior management, and even there they were no longer entirely sure that it was a good decision to leave the sport before the originally planned development freeze for 2023.

According to Tojoharu Tanabe, one of the biggest outcomes of Honda’s role in Formula 1 to date has been training outstanding engineers as part of the program, but that opportunity was closed to potential employees of the Japanese brand.

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In addition, by leaving its F1 engine program to Red Bull, Honda has lost a lot of its engineers: Japan’s Milton-Keynes division, along with its staff, will be taken over almost entirely by Red Bull, but according to press reports, Gamamoto F1 could Honda, CEO of his project, to continue his career at Red Bull.

Tanabe told the Japanese press, including the Japanese version of Motorsport.com, at the end of the 2021 season.

“When our third role in Formula 1 ended (in 2008), the engineers who had previously worked in Formula 1 returned to the world of serial production, and it was very effective to be able to bring together the engineers working in two different fields.”

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“In this respect, the F1 program is an ongoing knowledge center where people can also learn about internal combustion engines, batteries and hybrid systems. I don’t know how they will decide in the company, but I think it is part of Honda’s DNA to develop our engineers through racing. I hope we get another chance One day. The way we try to find the best possible solution in a very short time in a diverse group of young people working with engineers abroad is, in my opinion, an invaluable experience.”

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Tanabe also highlighted a feature of Honda’s Formula 1 project that you haven’t encountered at any other factory.

“When I speak to the business of other manufacturers, I am repeatedly faced with the fact that they were not necessarily aware of what the person working next to them was doing. An engineer who studies elsewhere is well versed in his field, but does not know much about the related fields. However, in Honda, we are working on the project as one, everyone has a general idea of ​​what we are doing and everyone is responsible for the outcome.”

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