Honda has confirmed that it will continue to participate in Formula 1 in the 2021 season, announcing on Wednesday that it has extended its relationship with Red Bull Racing and Scuderia Toro Rosso.
Honda returned to Formula 1 in 2015 after a six-year absence as it aligned itself with McLaren, with the parties keen to restore the title-winning partnership of the late 1980s and early 1990s.
But a series of reliability and performance issues plagued the collaboration and the duo split at the end of 2017, with Honda linking up with Toro Rosso.
Honda’s early progress in 2018 convinced Red Bull to ditch Renault and take a supply of the Japanese marque’s power units for 2019.
It marked the first time in the hybrid era that Honda had supplied multiple teams.
Max Verstappen scored a podium on the first appearance for the Red Bull-Honda alliance in Australia and claimed its maiden victory in Austria.
Verstappen added another win in Britain before going on to score a third triumph at the most recent event in Brazil, achieved from his second pole of the campaign.
Honda had been weighing up whether to stay in Formula 1 beyond the end of its current contract, which expired at the end of 2020, but on Wednesday confirmed its participation for 2021.