MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - MAY 23: Race winner Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing celebrates in parc ferme during the F1 Grand Prix of Monaco at Circuit de Monaco on May 23, 2021 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Dan Istitene - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

Max Verstappen has praised Honda for their efforts in aiding Red Bull.  

Honda’s stellar association with Formula 1 will come to an end at the end of this season. The Japanese manufacturer has announced that they will leave when this season is over. Their commitments to environmental initiatives is top priority, and unfortunately, F1 seems to be getting in their way.

Red Bull and Honda go back a long way, and they will be sad to see them go. Someone who is sad to see them go is Verstappen. However, the upcoming Belgian Grand Prix is not the time for sorrow, but for celebration. It is because that will be the 50th race Red Bull and Honda take part in as a team.

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Max Verstappen (pictured) hails Honda for their efforts and support. Source: planetf1.com

Verstappen has always been a massive fan of Honda, and has made no secret of it too. He penned some words for the manufacturer, and praised Honda for their efforts in aiding Red Bull. He recalled their first win as a team at the 2019 Austrian Grand Prix, and mentioned that as his favourite memory of their time together.

“That will always be the most emotional memory of our time together, and hopefully we can end this season with them on a high before they leave the sport,” Verstappen said, as reported by express.co.uk.

“They have always been straightforward and delivered what we expected. They spend a lot of time discussing everything with the team and us as drivers and that has been very important.”

Back on track

Verstappen also spoke about his excitement to return to racing after the summer break. He talked about going all guns blazing for the second half, and his aspirations to win the WDC.

“It was nice to have a few weeks off to rest a bit and, of course, it was cool to spend some time on the jet skis, it’s really nice to be on the water!”  Verstappen said.

Speaking about Belgium and Spa, Verstappen said, “I also think it’s a good place to revisit our battle for the championship and I’m well prepared and feeling good for the weekend.”

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