Mugen confirms complete F1 pull-out

Mugen has confirmed its total pull-out from Formula 1 - ending speculation that the Japanese tuning company's Honda-based V10s could be re-badged and supplied to Minardi

Mugen confirms complete F1 pull-out

Mugen president Hirotoshi Honda said: "Regrettably, we have decided to stop our F1 activity at the end of the season."

He added, somewhat cryptically: "The condition is still not cleared, as there are a million problems." This is believed to refer to the transfer of Mugen's UK-based infrastructure and several of its key race staff to Honda, which will supply works engines to Jordan and British American Racing next year.

"We are going to continue to compete and show our good performances at other racing categories, so your unchanged support will be much appreciated," said Honda.

Mugen, which will continue as an engine-supplier in the Formula Nippon series, won four Grands Prix and 12 other podiums during its nine-year F1 involvement.

Minardi is still to confirm its 2001 engine deal, but is expected to secure a supply of Supertec V10s.

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