Honda has withdrawn from F1, but Scuderia AlphaTauri team representative Franz Tost says nothing has changed with Honda.
Honda withdrew from F1 for the 2021 season only to shift its focus to projects to achieve carbon neutrality. However, since 2021, Honda’s continued involvement in F1 has been strengthened, and the F1 power units installed in Red Bull Racing and Scuderia AlphaTauri are still manufactured by HRC (Honda Racing) in Japan.
Recently, Red Bull F1 motorsport advisor Helmut Marko said the deal will be extended to 2025.
Franz Tost, Scuderia AlphaTauri’s team representative, said his work with Honda was about the same as last season.
When asked if Honda’s withdrawal from F1 changed Scuderia AlphaTauri’s business, Franz Tost told Motorsport-Total.com, “It hasn’t changed at this point. Honda is still involved with their talent.” ..
“There are almost the same people as last year. The engine is made in Sakura, Japan. There is no difference in that respect.”
“So far, no operational issues have been expected.”
Honda continues to be involved in the F1 power unit and has been working hard to produce an engine that has been upgraded to run on the new E10 fuel since the 2022 season.
Early signs of both Red Bull Racing and Scuderia AlphaTauri were seen in the F1 preseason test in Barcelona, with Sergio Perez setting the third fastest time in a three-day event at Red Bull RB18. , The team recorded a total of 358 laps.
AlphaTauri had 308 laps and didn’t set a time to break into the top of the time season, but Franz Tost set a goal for 2022 to be fifth in the Constructors’ Championship, which he lost to Alpine last year, or more. “I am aiming for it.