Honda will leave F1 at the end of the season, after 7 seasons during which she returned to the championship, in which she worked with McLaren, Red Bull and Alfa Tauri.
Red Bull has an unforgettable farewell to Honda while Mercedes is vying for the constructors’ title, with Verstappen fiercely fighting for the drivers’ title.
Honda has accelerated a number of its power unit updates, which were planned to be introduced in early 2022, to bring this season.
The final step forward came last month at the Belgian Grand Prix, when the Japanese manufacturer introduced a new energy saver to Verstappen’s car.
Under current regulations, it is permissible to update the power unit component once per season.
Honda revealed on Wednesday ahead of the Russian Grand Prix that the new energy savings had already been introduced two races ahead at Spa.
“The energy savings was developed as part of a multi-year project, with the aim of combining energy efficiency improvements with significant weight reduction,” said Yasuaki Asaki, Honda’s head of power unit development.
“Within what will be the company’s final season in the sport, Honda was able to deliver the new energy savings – with a lighter battery, lower resistance, higher efficiency and higher power – just in time for the start of the second half of the season.”
“We recognized the need to boost performance at that time in order to reach our ultimate goal of defeating Mercedes and winning the championship before leaving the F1 arena. That’s why the plan was presented to develop the new energy savings and bring it into this season instead of 2022.”
It should be noted that Verstappen – with the updated energy savings – secured pole position in wet conditions at Spa, before being declared the winner of the race, which spanned just two laps due to torrential rain. The Dutchman also started from pole position at Monza before his accident with Hamilton, which caused him to withdraw from the race.