Honda extends Red Bull and Toro Rosso engine deal for 2021 Formula 1 seasonby Jake Williams-Smith on 27th November 2019
Honda has committed to Formula 1 in 2021, supplying engines to Red Bull and Toro Rosso in the first year of the sport's new regulations
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Honda will be a part of Formula 1 in 2021 after the Japanese manufacturer confirmed its current deal with Red Bull and Toro Rosso has been extended by a further year.
It comes after rumours suggestions that Honda could leave Formula 1 after rising costs and spending.
While performance levels have risen since returning to F1 with McLaren back in 2015, Honda’s commitment to the sport beyond 2020 was not a foregone conclusion.
Reports suggest that the board at Honda are not wholly convinced that Formula 1 is worth the current expenditure laid out for its programme as power unit provider.
Suggestions were also levelled that hybrid technology is not an enticing R&D opportunity versus electric technology for the Japanese company.
In a post on social media, the new deal was confirmed to be a one-year extension of its current deal with Red Bull and Toro Rosso.
Max Verstappen’s victory in Brazil and Pierre Gasly’s out-dragging of Lewis Hamilton’s works Mercedes for second place at Interlagos gave Honda its first double podium since the 1991 Japanese Grand Prix.