Red Bull and AlphaTauri will sport special liveries at the 2021 Turkish Grand Prix this weekend in tribute to Honda.
This weekend was initially scheduled to be Honda’s last home race weekend as a supplier of power units to F1 in Suzuka, Japan, but the Japanese Grand Prix was canceled in August due to the Coronavirus pandemic in course.
Instead, Turkey will replace the Japanese GP this weekend after initially replacing Canada in early June, only for the initial replacement race to be canceled due to the country being in the travel red list zone of the United Kingdom.
However, Red Bull and AlphaTauri will mark the date of what was slated to be Honda’s farewell to F1 home by sporting “ unique liveries ”, which in turn will give Honda fans in Japan the opportunity to Say goodbye, even if it’s from their homes instead of on the track.
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Sergio Pérez will sport a ‘predominantly white livery’ that is inspired by the Honda RA 272 car, which Richie Ginther drove until Honda’s first F1 victory at the 1965 Mexican Grand Prix.
Meanwhile, AlphaTauri will display a one-word message as a tribute to Honda, saying あ り が と う (arigato,), which means “thank you” in English.
Speaking about the decision to sport these tribute liveries in Turkey, Red Bull team principal Christian Horner said: “We were all eager to give Japanese Honda fans the opportunity to celebrate our extremely successful relationship in Formula One, in his homeland in Suzuka. .
“With the race falling victim to the pandemic, we couldn’t let the weekend go by without paying tribute to Honda and its amazing local fans by bringing a bit of their heritage to Istanbul.”
Explaining the reason behind the design of the Red Bull livery, Horner added; “The livery chosen for our cars pays tribute to Honda’s remarkable journey in F1 and hopefully we can give the fans another victory in those legendary colors this weekend.”
Meanwhile, Honda’s director of brand and communication operations Koji Watanabe confirmed that everyone at Honda “appreciates” the gesture from Red Bull and AlphaTauri “as a small show” of support for many years despite feeling “extremely disappointed. “for any Japanese GP at this time. year.
– Red Bull Racing Honda (@redbullracing) October 6, 2021