This Friday morning, Honda announced its departure from Formula 1 after the 2021 season, taking many people by surprise:
Honda to Conclude Participation in FIA Formula One World Championship.
– Honda Racing F1 (@ HondaRacingF1) October 2, 2020
Red Bull, the main team that uses the manufacturer’s engines. thanked for “exceptional efforts as energy suppliers” and said he hoped “to have continued success for the remainder of 2020 and 2021.”
Following the decision by @ HondaRacingF1 to withdraw from # F1 after the 2021 season, we would like to thank them for their exceptional efforts as a power unit supplier and look forward to continued success for the remainder of 2020 and 2021.
— Aston Martin Red Bull Racing (@redbullracing) October 2, 2020
Franz Tost, head of AlphaTauri, thanked for “fruitful cooperation.”
Of course, Formula 1 would recall the best moments of Honda’s partnerships with both teams:
But what does Honda’s departure mean for Max Verstappen’s career? That was the question raised by Tom Bellingham. Will the Dutchman remain in the team?
Red Bull should have been going into 2022 to challenge for a title, now it’s going to be a ‘learning’ year again.
Not just a question of what this means for Red Bull. What does this mean for Max? 🤔
— Tom Bellingham (@TommyWTF1) October 2, 2020
Verstappen stopped following Honda and Red Bull on twitter… And Mercedes went to check if everything was fine with Hamilton and Bottas! Everything normal in the German team!
The crowd decided to remember the tense atmosphere that was between Christian Horner and Cyril Abiteboul after switching from Renault to Honda engines.
Has the Red Bull boss already sent that “Hi, gone”?
red bull the sorry ex boyfriend sending a “hi, how are you” to renault?
– stone (@pietracarpin) October 2, 2020
We already have exclusive scenes of how Red Bull will return to Renault in 2022:
But do you remember who became famous for their complaints about the Honda engine? Fernando Alonso. Now do the math: Alonso returns to Formula 1 in 2021, meanwhile, the Japanese manufacturer leaves… Coincidence? I think not!
With so much going on in 2020, can you imagine how the writers for the Netflix “Dirigir Para Viver” series should be?
Honda out of F1, RBR renegotiation with Renault, Sainz at Ferrari, Ricciardo at McLaren, Vettel at Aston Martin
The Netflix writers room: pic.twitter.com/xosnyHUBWD
– Nahuak 🏳️🌈 🏎️ 🦇⚡ (@nahuak_) October 2, 2020
But the most important question is: Does Honda deserve forgiveness?
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