Honda felt obliged to accept Red Bull’s request for the 2022 engine due to their “huge appreciation” towards Helmut Marko and Franz Tost.

The Japanese manufacturer will leave Formula 1 at the end of 2021, which led to the formation of Red Bull Powertrains to take over engine development for the Red Bull and AlphaTauri teams.

But for 2022, the engines will still come from Honda’s Sakura base at the request of Red Bull in what will be a transitional year.

And when the request came, Honda’s F1 managing director Masashi Yamamoto told BBC Sport the manufacturer felt “huge admiration” for Red Bull’s driver programme chief Marko and AlphaTauri boss Tost, and so the desire to give back.

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