Button agrees with Honda’s decision of leaving F1 despite Verstappen tasting glory

Former F1 driver Jenson Button agreed with Honda leaving F1, saying that the logistics called for their departure even though they had just won big.

Honda left F1 at the end of the 2021 season after winning the Drivers’ Championship with Red Bull. They are no strangers to success given their illustrious history in the sport, but recent years haven’t been kind to them.

The victory with Red Bull was hence all the more enthralling and monumental for the Japanese manufacturer. They leave F1 sharing their expertise with their recent partners, something the man who has raced around 150 times with them approves of.

Button agreed with Honda leaving F1, and said that they can depart knowing that they have achieved something truly remarkable.

“They are so passionate about their racing, and it’s a shame to see them leaving again,” he told Motorsport.com.

“But I kind of have an idea of how much they are spending, and it’s a lot of money, so I kind of get why they want to leave. It’s time.

“But they’ve had a fantastic year in the sport and it’s lovely for them, because it’s not been the easiest ride for them on this journey.”

A shot of the Red Bull rear wing with the Honda name. Abu Dhabi 2021
Red Bull and Honda won the Drivers’ Championship together. Source: planetf1.com

Memories together

“I was with them at the start of this (V6 hybrid) project and it wasn’t easy for them,” the 2009 world champion continued.

“In the hybrid era, they struggled when they first came in. They were obviously a couple of years behind everyone else – lots of reliability issues.

“And I think it’s a shame that McLaren didn’t hang on with them. It was very easy for them to point the finger when they weren’t competitive and they pointed to the most unreliable part, which was the engine.

“But now moving forward, working with a team like Red Bull and all their experience, it seems that they’ve found a really good partnership.

“It’s nice to see Honda winning again, because their last win before the era with Red Bull was mine in 2006, a long time ago in sport. So it’s great to see them winning,” he concluded.

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