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Honda admits F1 staff could switch to Red Bull

Honda admits F1 staff could switch to Red Bull
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Honda is considering a final technological push to set up Red Bull's two Formula 1 teams for life without works manufacturer support from 2022 and beyond.

Honda is considering a final technological push to set up Red Bull's two Formula 1 teams for life without works manufacturer support from 2022 and beyond.

Masashi Yamamoto, Honda F1's general manager, told the French weekly Auto Hebdo that the Japanese marque is currently thinking about finalising a new engine to supply to the teams before officially leaving F1 later this year.

"That's what we're talking about," the Japanese admitted.

"Personally, it saddens me that we are leaving the sport. I would have liked Honda to have stayed, but I respect and understand the decision that was taken," Yamamoto added.

He said Honda executives decided to quit F1 to put more emphasis on electric technology, "So we need to put more engineers into that".

Yamamoto admitted, however, that several Honda personnel currently at Red Bull will move over to the new Red Bull Powertrains operation.

The next step could be some currently Japan-based Honda personnel following suit.

"At the moment there are no plans for these employees to switch to Red Bull, but this could change at the end of the season," Yamamoto admitted.

In the meantime, Honda is vowing to keep the throttle down on engine development in 2021, as Red Bull and Max Verstappen are locked in a close battle for the title with Mercedes.

"I am convinced that we have done everything we can to compete with Mercedes," said Yamamoto. "Red Bull has also given us an opportunity to get the most out of our last season with this new engine.

"In terms of power, the engines are now very close to each other. The differences now are mainly due to the circuit and the conditions. We have to keep developing the engine," he insisted.

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Sunday's key events

· The men's golf reaches its conclusion, with plenty of players still in medal contention. Home favourite Hideki Matsuyama is one shot off Xander Schauffele's lead, while Great Britain's Paul Casey is another shot further back and Tommy Fleetwood is also in the mix (11.30pm-8am)

· Great Britain have already made history in the BMX events in Tokyo, something Charlotte Worthington and Declan Brooks will be looking to add to in the women's (2.10am) and men's (3.10am) freestyle finals

· The final day of swimming action begins with the men's 50m freestyle final. Ben Proud could add to a medal-laden Games in the pool for Team GB so far, although he is up against USA's Caeleb Dressel, who is going for his fourth gold in Tokyo (2.30am)
· From sprint to endurance, Great Britain's second medal hope of the day comes through Daniel Jervis in the men's 1500m freestyle final (2.44am)
· Team GB will again be among the heavy favourites for gold in the last swimming event of the Games - the men's 4x100m medley relay final - having won the mixed event in a world record time on Saturday (3.36am)

· Already guaranteed at least a bronze, Pat McCormack takes part in the men's welterweight semi-final against Ireland's Aidan Walsh with a spot in the gold medal final at stake (4.03am)
· Ben Whittaker is also in the semi-finals of the men's light heavyweight and will be looking to continue Team GB's success in the ring (4.51am)

· There will be a surprise on the top of the men's tennis podium after Novak Djokovic missed out on a medal altogether. Alexander Zverev takes on Karen Khachanov in the second match on Centre Court at the Ariake Tennis Park (7am-2pm)

· Alison Young will be going for gold in the women's laser radial medal race (7.33am)

· Team GB's Max Whitlock will look to defend his 2016 Olympic title in the men's pommel horse final (10.41am)

· The men's high jump final includes GB's Tom Gale, although his chances of a medal look bleak (11.10am)
· So often the blue-riband event of the Olympics, the men's 100m final takes place as the world's fastest bid to be crowned Usain Bolt's successor. Three Brits have made it into the semi-finals (11.15am-11.32am), and the final looks wide open after an underwhelming display by favourite Trayvon Bromell on Saturday (1.50pm)

· Great Britain face India in the men's quarter-final (1pm)

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