Honda will be leaving Formula 1 after the 2021 season, meaning the Japanese are (for the time being) the last year. Since returning in 2015, Honda’s dream of a world title has not come together, this year the Japanese would put everything on one sheet.

“We love racing from the bottom of our hearts and we haven’t achieved our goals yet,” said Honda boss Jamamoto Masasi, then announced a surprising move.

In order for Honda to have a chance at the championship title, all developments planned for 2022 have been brought forward. That is, Red Bull (and AlphaTauri) can actually compete with the Honda engine this year, which was originally planned to be deployed only in 2022.

“We’re going to work hard from the start of the season because this is Honda’s last year in Formula One.”