The season opener in Australia saw a podium place for Verstappen, with wins following in Austria, Germany and Brazil. The latter race saw Pierre Gasly’s Torro Rosso outdrag Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes to the finish line for a Honda powered 1-2. In 2020 Honda delivered wins for Verstappen at Silverstone and for Pierre Gasly in Italy, in the renamed AlphaTauri car, as the only powerplant able to challenge the dominance of Mercedes.
Honda has said that mounting costs were a factor in the decision, with a need to focus on electric and fuel cell vehicle development to meet future mobility requirements that were carbon neutral.
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