Christian Horner addresses continued hypothesis over Honda return to Components 1 : PlanetF1

Christian Horner is just not ruling out a Honda return to Components 1 in 2026 when the subsequent era of energy items is introduced in.

Honda gave Pink Bull greater than 14 months’ discover that they would go away F1 on the finish of the 2021 marketing campaign – which they did on an excellent excessive as Max Verstappen clinched the Drivers’ World Championship in Abu Dhabi.

Quite than search a special engine provider after a turbulent relationship with Renault which led to 2018, Pink Bull Powertrains was arrange with impact from this season – though Honda are unofficially nonetheless concerned within the background.

That means the door stays ajar for the Japanese firm to probably make a comeback for 2026, particularly now a Pink Bull partnership with Porsche, which had appeared getting ready to being introduced, is now off the desk with talks having damaged down.

The important thing concern concerning Honda stays the one they cited for his or her withdrawal within the first place, that they’re specializing in electrification, however Horner doesn’t essentially see that as a complete dealbreaker given the 2026 power-unit rules which were finalised.

“There’s loads of hypothesis,” mentioned the Pink Bull workforce principal on the Past the Grid podcast.

“Honda introduced their withdrawal as a result of their vary of automobiles was heading {the electrical} route and clearly combustion engines didn’t kind a part of their future. So it’s tough to think about them doing an entire U-turn on that.

“However perhaps there are parts that may need to come again in. With the 50-50 cut up between combustion and electrical energy for the long run energy unit, perhaps that may be a route for them to retain an involvement in Components 1.

“However nothing we’re doing is in any manner dependent or contingent upon that – we’re very a lot on our personal observe.”

Red Bull with the Honda logo on the rear wing. Abu Dhabi December 2021

Horner believes the rising curiosity in Components 1 means producers are being swayed to not put all their eggs within the EV basket simply but, even when that’s their public message. Audi have confirmed they are going to enter F1 in 2026.

“It’s nice that the producers are coming in,” mentioned Horner. “It simply demonstrates how related Components 1 is and the way robust its advertising and marketing presence is as a result of we’ve seen viewing figures we’ve by no means seen earlier than. So it’s a case of the producers kind of can’t afford to not be in.

“Lots of them have introduced they’ve made their final ever combustion engine, but right here we’re in Components 1 committing to a V6 with sustainable fuels for the long run.

“And I feel it simply demonstrates the energy of Components 1 as a result of logically these guys can be going the Components E route however the emotion and fervour simply isn’t there from what I see in that type of racing, whereas Components 1 attracts that uncooked emotion and technical excellence.

“So it’s nice to see a producer like Audi and hopefully Porsche coming into Components 1 and a bunch of curiosity from many others.”

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