Honda are going to return to Formula 1 in 2015 and they are going to supply McLaren with their new engine. Honda stopped racing in Formula 1 in 2009 following a streak of poor results in their races, but the Japanese team are putting their name back into Formula 1 in 2015.
Honda and McLaren used to be one of the best partnerships in the sport around 20 years ago when Ayrton Senna was driving their cars. In 1988, Ayrton Senna drove the team to an impressive 15 out of 16 Grand Prix’s victories making it the most successful year for a team in Formula 1 history. They dominated the 4 year time period between 1988-1991 when they won four consecutive Drivers’ titles with Ayrton Senna in 1988, 1990 and 1991 and with their other driver Alain Prost in 1989.
There are new rules coming into Formula 1 next year Takanobu Ito, the Honda boss, said that the rules were the main reason they have decided to re-join the sport. Ito commented, “Honda has a long history of advancing our technologies and nurturing our people by participating in the world’s most prestigious automobile racing series. The new F1 regulations with their significant environmental focus will inspire even greater development of our own advanced technologies.”
McLaren will have to stick with their current engine supplier, Mercedes, next year and work with Honda the following year. Martin Whitmarsh, the team principal of McLaren, has said that both McLaren and Honda want “to take McLaren-Honda to the very pinnacle of Formula 1 success” like they did do at the end of the 1980’s and beginning of 1990’s.
McLaren’s English driver, Jenson Button, has worked with Honda previously in 2006-2008 with his only success being his victory in 2006 at the Hungarian Grand Prix. The English Formula 1 driver admitted that he was thrilled about the return of Honda and said it could be great for the sport and fans.
Author Daniel Foster.
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