Honda has reacted with disappointment to the news this year’s Japanese Grand Prix will not go ahead.leave Formula 1 at the end of the year. The Red Bull team it powers has won six races already this year and is locked in a close championship fight with Mercedes.
The race, which was due to take place in October at Suzuka, is sponsored by Honda through its Mobilityland company. Last year’s race was also cancelled due to the pandemic.
“It is unfortunate that, for a second consecutive year, it has not been possible to hold the Japanese Formula 1 Grand Prix at Suzuka,” said the manufacturer in a statement.
“As Honda, we are particularly disappointed, because this is the final year of our Formula 1 project and we know that so many fans were looking forward to attending the event.”
“The 2021 season is now heading for an exciting climax and we will be giving our all, fighting hard all the way to achieve our goal of winning the championships as this Honda Formula 1 project comes to an end and we hope our fans will continue to support us.
“Lastly, as the title sponsor of the event, we would like to thank Mobilityland and Formula 1 for working so hard right up to the very last moment, to try and stage the grand prix.”
Formula 1 is yet to confirm a replacement for the race, or November’s Australian Grand Prix which has also been cancelled. However the series has indicated it intends to hold 23 rounds as announced at the beginning of the year.
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