Honda would consider returning to F1

A senior board member at Honda has admitted the Japanese manufacturer would be open to returning to Formula One in the future.

The company pulled out of the sport in 2008, with the assets sold off to become Brawn GP, which won both titles in 2009, before becoming Mercedes AMG F1.

Honda's foray into the sport wasn't an entirely successful one, but despite this Yoshiharu Yamamoto, CEO of R&D, says he would be keen for Honda to return.

"I cannot speak for Honda, but on a personal level I love racing, but there is a lot involved when you are in F1," he told Autocar.

"It is the very top of auto racing and that requires a large commitment. But it is true that we do look up at those races and hope that one day we can take part again.

"I do not personally think we can just go straight back immediately, but there is potential for the rules to change and attract us. I follow the rules, certainly, and if they present an opportunity then it would be nice to go back."