Honda withdrew from Formula 1 at the end of the 2021 season, but did not completely leave the most coveted motorsport competition. In August 2022, Honda extended its endorsement deal with Red Bull Powertrains and expressed interest in the new regulations which will take effect in 2026. From the 2022 Japanese Grand Prix onwards, the Honda logo returns on Red Bull and AlphaTauri cars. In other words, Honda and RB are still in a partnership.
With that in mind, it’s no wonder Max Verstappen is back starring in a Honda ad. Last year, we saw him behind the wheel of the cute E electric car and the Civic Type R hot hatch. The HR-V’s latest commercial feature is on sale in Europe, Japan, and other markets. We will remind you that the North American version is larger and has a different design while also being available in another region known as the ZR-V.
The dual F1 champion left the job in the new HR-V hybrid and pushed the subcompact crossover hard enough through corners like no other owner would ever. After driving down an unpaved country road, the youngest F1 race winner decided to stop in the middle of the field to rest and unwind. It only lasted a few seconds because Red Bull HQ wanted him back to work at the Milton Keynes facility in England.
Eagle-eyed viewers will see the “MV33 HRV” license plate as a nod to Max Verstappen’s initials and his personal race number, which he has actually used since his karting days. However, VP switched to #1 right after winning the title in 2021 following the highly controversial Abu Dhabi final. In 2023, he will remain at #1 but he is not ruling out a return to #33 once he is no longer the reigning champion.
His personal car collection includes (or has included) much fancier cars, such as the Aston Martin DB11, Vantage and DBS Superleggera. He also reportedly bought a Ferrari Monza SP2 and a Porsche 911 GT3 RS. Additionally, it received the Acura NSX Type S after winning the title last year and is expected to receive a Valkyrie delivery.