Acura, the high-performance brand of Honda for the North American market, returns to the F1 hand in hand with the teams Red Bull Racing y AlphaTauri, who will wear their logo on their cars during the United States Grand Prix to be held this weekend in the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.
Acura will also appear in the divers and visors of the helmets of the Red Bull drivers, the Dutch Max Verstappen and the Mexican Sergio Pérez; and those of AlphaTauri, the French Pierre Gasly and the Japanese Yuki tsunoda.
"It is very special that Acura is becoming part of our partnership with Red Bull Racing Honda and Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda for the 2021 United States Grand Prix." said Masashi yamamoto, General Director of Honda at F.1. "This has been an incredible season so far and we are proud to add the Acura brand to our history for this iconic race in America." He added.
It won't be the first time that Acura has been in the top flight. Between 1989 and 1992, McLaren it did the same with its Honda-powered cars. So it was that the Brazilian too Ayrton Senna And French Alain Prost they wore the brand's logo on their helmets at the Canadian and United States GPs.
More recently, the English Jenson Button and Brazilian Rubens Barrichello, as Honda team riders, displayed the Acura logo on their visors at the 2007 Canadian GP.
“I have been a huge fan of Formula 1 all my life. When I was a kid I grew up in Canada and I remember seeing Acura in Senna and Prost's helmets. "Said Emile korkor, Acura assistant vice president. "Racing is extremely important to a high-performance brand like Acura and we couldn't be more excited about our partnership with Red Bull Racing and Scuderia AlphaTauri for this race.", Agregó.
Acura has had a significant presence in American motorsports, particularly in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar. "Over the past five years, Acura has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to precision crafted performance both on the road and on the track."Said Jon ikeda, vice president and chief brand officer at Acura. "This weekend we celebrate our role as Honda's performance division and we are delighted to be back in Formula 1 for the first time in nearly 15 years."