October 5th, 2020 by Carolyn Fortuna
It wasn’t that long ago that Fernando Alonso exclaimed on his Formula 1 (F1) race radio, “It feels like GP2. Embarrassing. Very embarrassing.” Alonso’s dismay about his Honda-powered McLaren came during the 2015 Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka as he was overtaken by the low-tier Sauber of Marcus Ericsson.
Later, Alonso admitted that the message was supposed to be only for his race engineer. “It was not meant to be public. But the engine was very bad.” During its first year pre-season testing in Jerez, the Honda-powered car completed only 7 laps in 4 days.
Fast forward to 2020, and Honda has announced that it will cease to participate as an engine provider for the Formula 1 racing series at the end of the 2021 season. The automaker has decided to turn its focus to zero emission vehicles.
One of the early automakers to venture into hybrid technology, Honda has been quite disappointing in the world of electric vehicles.
As our own CleanTechnica editor Zachary Shahan notes, Honda’s only genuine foray into 100% electric vehicles up until now has seemingly been the Honda e, a “cool and cute” electric car aimed at the European market. The problem