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Old 2 Oct 2020, 09:06 (Ref:4007891)   #1
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Honda Withdrawl from F1

Breaking news that Honda will withdraw from F1 at the end of 2021.

Not good news for their two teams.

https://global.honda/newsroom/news/2...01002aeng.html

So many years of underperforming and explosions, and now they finally get to a position where they are reliable and competitive, and off they go.
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Old 2 Oct 2020, 09:10 (Ref:4007892)   #2
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Good. The F1 engine market needs to completely collapse in on itself so we can remove the power from the big manufacturers.
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Old 2 Oct 2020, 09:21 (Ref:4007896)   #3
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If the burnt bridges can be rebuilt, I guess it will be Red Bull Renault again.

Interestingly Cyril was talking about Renault wanting partners not just customers for any future engine deals.

This, though is the problem of a front running team needing engines from their immediate rivals.

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Woah wasn't quite expectimg that as they are moving forwards in performance?!

Have to say i agree wity Akrapovic on this. Hopefully this will now see urgent activity by Stefano and co to investigate 'private' engine suppliers and entrants once more.

This should also nip this stupid Ä200m new team entry fee in the bud.
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Woah wasn't quite expectimg that as they are moving forwards in performance?!



Have to say i agree wity Akrapovic on this. Hopefully this will now see urgent activity by Stefano and co to investigate 'private' engine suppliers and entrants once more.



This should also nip this stupid Ä200m new team entry fee in the bud.
Go the BTCC route get a standard engine then keep knocking back the other works engines to make sure it stays competitive.

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Old 2 Oct 2020, 09:34 (Ref:4007902)   #6
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Oof! Where does that leave red bull! Renault are their only option and I guess the 2022 car will be designed around the Honda.

I guess the inevitable question is where does Max go? Ferrari or Mercedes? Does Mercedes replace Bottas with max and Hamilton retire at the end of 2021?

Silly season just got an upgraded KERS system....just not a Honda one!
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Iíve always wondered this. Where does F1 go next? Bin the manufacturers and get specialist racing engines giving petrol heads what they want or follow manufacturers and go fully electric
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Correct me if I am wrong, but I think that the 2022 engines will be the same as the current generation ones. Looking back to when Renault withdrew from F1 a few years back, Benetton ran the same engines but rebadged them Mecachrome IIRC. In the same way, perhaps Red Bull could continue to run the existing Honda units themselves. Is engine development restricted / frozen? If so, then this might be a viable option and they could remain competitive.

Given how overly complex the engines are, I cannot see why any new manufacturer in their right mind would enter F1 - especially considering how bad PR Honda got with their underpowered and unreliable engines when they entered. I assume that a new engine manufacturer would be unlikely - unless F1 rules change to simplify engine regs considerably.
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Remember after Honda pulled out the last time the team that they left behine went onto greater things.


Surprised at the timing when Honda seemed to be making decent progress with their power units. Problem is the cost cap does not cover power units properly.
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Iíve always wondered this. Where does F1 go next? Bin the manufacturers and get specialist racing engines giving petrol heads what they want or follow manufacturers and go fully electric
Although Liberty/Malone own a small stake in FE, I blieve that Agag cleverly got agreement from the FIA that FE would be the only full elctric single seater FIA world championship series. In theory Liberty would have to buy FE in order to make F1 full electric.

Been an interesting year for FOM and their investors have they have seen how vulnerable F1 is global conditions, not owning any circuits themselves and now manufacturers pulling out leaving teams without engines.

I have always said that FOM/Liberty will never make the return on F1 that BE/CVC did and I still believe that. In order to protect their investment...

They should go back to companies that were looking at developing engine and see what can be developed as a stock F1 engine in the realisation that no other car manufacturer is going to build an ICE F1 engine now.

Buy their own circuit so they will always have a base for races/testing and where they could develop an European F1 experience - Liberty are in the entertainment inudstry aren't they - and then you would have a tangible asset, not just a load of contracts that as this year shoed, can be proved to be worthless.
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Its going to be interesting to see what engines the Red Bull teams end up with.


It will have to be one of the existing maufacturers as there is not time for a new one to come in and develop a new power unit.



I suspect we might see RB with one and Alpha Tauri wiyh another.

Mercedes will be supplying power units to 4 teams next season so they are unlikely to have the capacity to supply 2 more.

Renault and RB did not get on well in recent years despite winning 4 championships together.

Ferrari are in a weak position at the moment and already have 3 teams to supply and probably don't want a high profile team like RB giving them more hassle.


I suspect we could see Renault supplying Alpha Tauri as it would be lower profile and without all the drama that goes with RB. It would give Renault an extra load of data to work from.
Where RB goes is another question, a Fiat badged Ferrari perhaps.
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Correct me if I am wrong, but I think that the 2022 engines will be the same as the current generation ones. Looking back to when Renault withdrew from F1 a few years back, Benetton ran the same engines but rebadged them Mecachrome IIRC. In the same way, perhaps Red Bull could continue to run the existing Honda units themselves. Is engine development restricted / frozen? If so, then this might be a viable option and they could remain competitive.

Given how overly complex the engines are, I cannot see why any new manufacturer in their right mind would enter F1 - especially considering how bad PR Honda got with their underpowered and unreliable engines when they entered. I assume that a new engine manufacturer would be unlikely - unless F1 rules change to simplify engine regs considerably.
Could be the case, IIRC Mechachrome was Briatore wasn't it, but in this case do we think Honda would want to commit resources themselves even if RBR was paying unless it could be a Mugen run programme that RBR badge themselves.

The Perez to RBR rumours seem to be gathering pace, maybe his sponsors wpould fund the engines?

OT, but the Mercedes to selling to Ineos runours aren't going away either. I think Daimler are batting it off at the moment by saying they have no plans to sell the team - but the Ineos rumours are built around them buying a major stake (70%).
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Although Liberty/Malone own a small stake in FE, I blieve that Agag cleverly got agreement from the FIA that FE would be the only full elctric single seater FIA world championship series. In theory Liberty would have to buy FE in order to make F1 full electric.

Been an interesting year for FOM and their investors have they have seen how vulnerable F1 is global conditions, not owning any circuits themselves and now manufacturers pulling out leaving teams without engines.

I have always said that FOM/Liberty will never make the return on F1 that BE/CVC did and I still believe that. In order to protect their investment...

They should go back to companies that were looking at developing engine and see what can be developed as a stock F1 engine in the realisation that no other car manufacturer is going to build an ICE F1 engine now.

Buy their own circuit so they will always have a base for races/testing and where they could develop an European F1 experience - Liberty are in the entertainment inudstry aren't they - and then you would have a tangible asset, not just a load of contracts that as this year shoed, can be proved to be worthless.
Canít fault some of this logic

We could be heading for another Cosworth DFV type era with 1 specialist racing engine (and Ferrari) that puts more oneness on racing teams and constructors rather than engine manufacturers.

The cost cap will help with this
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Red Bull to go crawling back to Renault?

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While it's a shame to lose Honda, this is why F1 or any motorsport for that matter, should be so reliant on manufacturers. They come and go as they please. Their racing department may enjoy the competition, but at the end of the day the decision to continue or not comes from those at the top, the actual motor manufacturer. If only we could have a modern equivalent of the good old Ford Cosworth DFV
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