Lewis Hamilton says it’s “a pity” to see Honda leave Formula 1

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While Lewis Hamilton is sad to see Honda depart Formula 1, he thinks the exit shows the sport has “a long way to go to have a more positive impact on the planet”.

Earlier this month Honda announced its departure from Formula 1 after 2021, citing its focus on electrification as one of the main reasons for leaving the sport.

While Lewis Hamilton is sad to see the manufacturer go, he supportsthe message it sends to the sport.

”I understand that Honda is leaving,” said the Briton.

“I have not read about it, but I have understood a vague idea behind their departure. It is certainly a pity to see them leave.

“However, it shows that as a sport we still have a long way to go to have a more positive impact on the planet.”

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Recently Mercedes also announced its commitment to electrification and plans to have its Formula 1 operation be a big part of that push.

”When you see what kind of goals Mercedes has for the future, you know that it is the responsibility of the sport to push the industry forward technologically towards more innovations,” Hamilton continued.

”There have to be changes, that’s for sure. However, I think Mercedes has shown that they are part of this change and are increasingly pushing technology.

“I think that is very important”, concluded the six-time champion.

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