Why Honda's latest Formula 1 exit means it may never come back
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Why Honda's latest Formula 1 exit means it may never come back

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Honda is no stranger to pulling out of Formula 1 before usually returning after a lengthy hiatus. But, as JONATHAN NOBLE explains, there might not be a next time as the Japanese manufacturer's ambitions lie outside of grand prix racing

It's a universal truth of Formula 1 that manufacturers come and go. With the exception of Ferrari, which has competed in every world championship season, other car makers have flitted in and out over the years.

Whether it is current competitors like Mercedes and Renault, or long gone companies like Ford, BMW, Lotus and Toyota, being a member of the grand prix gang or being outside it has been part of the ebb and flow of any company wanting to sell cars. In that context, Honda's announcement that it is leaving at the end of 2021, can be seen as nothing more than simply bringing to a close its fourth era in the championship.

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