Watanbe confirms HRC never stopped PU development

Honda’s plans to officially return to Formula One from the start of 2026 won’t be hampered by the company’s scaling down of resources and personnel to the motor racing group in Sakura that followed the decision to leave the sport two and a half years ago. With the deal to continue to supply Power Units to Red Bull now extended until the end of 2025, Honda continued to develop its PU until the final homologation done at the end of March of 2022 before adhering to the engine development freeze imposed by the regulations. So therefore, we’re still in operation for the ongoing Formula One races as well. And as for the new regulations to be introduced from 2026, we have continuously engaged in elements that are important factors in terms of the power units. Asked for details, the Japanese manager finally gave some details of how Honda has continued to work on the design and development of its future Formula One Power Unit: “Until March of 2022 we have been fully engaged in the development of the Power Unit, giving full support to our partner, so until March of 2022 the headcount remained the same, so the development numbers were still existing until March of 2022.”.

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