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Honda was a former Formula One constructor who competed from 1964 to 1968 and again from 2006 to 2008. Since 2015, they returned to the sport as an engine supplier, currently supplying McLaren. They were initially going to supply Sauber for 2018,[1][2] but the Sauber team abandoned those plans on 27 July 2017.[3] On 15 September 2017, Honda and McLaren announced their plans to split at the end of the 2017 season,[4] but that Honda will still play a part in 2018, supplying engines to Toro Rosso.[5]

HistoryEdit

Honda were set to make their début at the 1964 Belgian Grand Prix, but the team's car, the Honda RA271, was not ready to make it in time. The car eventually went ready for the 1964 German Grand Prix, with Ronnie Bucknum entering it. He finished 13th in the first race for Honda.

At the end of 1968, Honda withdrew from the sport due to the fatal crash of Jo Schlesser at the 1968 French Grand Prix.

Honda returned to F1 in 1983 as an engine supplier for the Spirit Racing team. The RA163E turbo engine was unreliable, retiring from three races. At the end of the season at the 1983 South African Grand Prix, the Williams team supplied Honda engines. Keke Rosberg finished fifth, meanwhile Jacques Laffite retired after spinning off.

Honda supplied Williams from 1984 to 1987, Lotus from 1987 to 1988 and McLaren from 1988 to 1992, winning a total of six constructor titles.

Honda dropped out from the sport again at the end of 1992.

In 1998, Honda announced their return to Formula One after 5 years of absence. Honda considered an entry as a constructor on their return, but the project was abandoned in 1999 following the death of Harvey Postlethwaite.

Honda returned as an engine supplier in 2000, supplying the BAR team. The following year, they supplied Jordan until 2002. Honda decided that they want to focus on their partnership with BAR from 2003 to 2005, until Honda completely took over the team in 2006.

Due to the global economic crisis, Honda quit from Formula One at the end of the 2008 season, and the team was sold and formed as Brawn GP.

In 2013, Honda announced that they will return to Formula One, and they also announced that from 2015 they will supply McLaren. The 2015 season was a miserable year for the team, as the RA615H engine was very slow and unreliable compared to all other teams, leaving them ninth in the Constructors' Championship.

The 2016 season was a major improvement for the team, with the RA616H engine being far better than its predecessor. But again in 2017 the Honda engine was again slow and unreliable as it was in 2015.

Key PersonnelEdit

Team PrincipalsEdit

Technical DirectorsEdit

CEOEdit

Chief AerodynamicistEdit

Formula One RecordEdit

As a constructorEdit

Year Car Tyres No. Drivers WCC Results Rounds Test Drivers Report
1964 RA271 D United States Ronnie Bucknum 6, 8–9 NC (0 pts) N/A Report
1965 RA272 G United States Ronnie Bucknum
United States Richie Ginther
2–4, 8–10
2–6, 8–10
11th (6 pts) N/A Report
1966 RA273 G United States Ronnie Bucknum
United States Richie Ginther
8–9, 7–9 8th (3 pts) N/A Report
1967 RA273
RA300
F United Kingdom John Surtees 1–4, 6–7, 9–11 4th (20 pts) N/A Report
1968 RA300
RA301
RA302
F United Kingdom David Hobbs
France Jo Schlesser
United Kingdom John Surtees
9
6
All
7th (14 pts) N/A Report
19692005: Did not compete
2006 RA106 M 11
12
Brazil Rubens Barrichello
United Kingdom Jenson Button
All
All
4th, 86 pts United States Marco Andretti
United Kingdom Anthony Davidson
United Kingdom James Rossiter
Report
2007 RA107 B 7
8
United Kingdom Jenson Button
Brazil Rubens Barrichello
All
All
8th (6 pts) United Kingdom Mike Conway
Austria Christian Klien
United Kingdom James Rossiter
Report
2008 RA108 B 16
17
United Kingdom Jenson Button
Brazil Rubens Barrichello
All
All
9th (14 pts) United Kingdom Mike Conway
United Kingdom Anthony Davidson
Italy Luca Filippi
Austria Alexander Wurz
Report

As an engine supplierEdit

Year Car Engine Tyres No. Drivers WCC Results Rounds Test Drivers Report
1983 Williams FW09 RA163E G 1
2
Finland Keke Rosberg
France Jacques Laffite
11th (2 pts)[6] 15
15
Report
Spirit 201
Spirit 201C
40 Sweden Stefan Johansson NC (0 pts) 9–14 Report
1984 Williams FW09
Williams FW09B
RA163E
RA164E
G 5
6
France Jacques Laffite
Finland Keke Rosberg
6th (25.5 pts) All
All
Report
1985 Williams FW10 RA164E G 5
6
United Kingdom Nigel Mansell
Finland Keke Rosberg
3rd (71 pts) All
All
Report
1986 Williams FW11 RA166E G 5
6
United Kingdom Nigel Mansell
Brazil Nelson Piquet
1st (141 pts) All
All
Report
1987 Williams FW11B RA167E G 5
5
6
United Kingdom Nigel Mansell
Italy Riccardo Patrese
Brazil Nelson Piquet
1st (137 pts) 1–15
16
All
Report
Lotus 99T 11
12
Japan Satoru Nakajima
Brazil Ayrton Senna
3rd (64 pts) All
All
Report
1988 Lotus 100T RA168E G 1
2
Japan Satoru Nakajima
Brazil Ayrton Senna
4th (23 pts) All
All
Report
McLaren MP4/4 11
12
France Alain Prost
Brazil Ayrton Senna
1st (199 pts) All
All
Report
1989 McLaren MP4/5 RA109A G 1
2
Brazil Ayrton Senna
France Alain Prost
1st (129 pts) All
All
Report
1990 McLaren MP4/5B RA109E G 27
28
Brazil Ayrton Senna
Austria Gerhard Berger
1st (121 pts) All
All
United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer
United Kingdom Allan McNish
Report
1991 McLaren MP4/6 RA121E G 1
2
Brazil Ayrton Senna
Austria Gerhard Berger
1st (139 pts) All
All
Report
Tyrrell 020 RA101E P 3
4
Japan Satoru Nakajima
Italy Stefano Modena
6th (12 pts) All
All
Report
1992 McLaren MP4/6B
McLaren MP4/7A
RA121E
RA122E/B
G 1
2
Brazil Ayrton Senna
Austria Gerhard Berger
2nd (99 pts) All
All
United Kingdom Mark Blundell
United Kingdom Allan McNish
Report
1993-1999: Honda did not supply any Formula One teams.
2000 BAR 003 RA000E B 22
23
Canada Jacques Villeneuve
Brazil Ricardo Zonta
5th (20 pts) All
All
United Kingdom Darren Manning
France Patrick Lemarié
Report
2001 BAR 003 RA001E B 9
10
Canada Jacques Villeneuve
France Olivier Panis
6th (17 pts) All
All
United Kingdom Anthony Davidson
Japan Takuma Sato
Report
Jordan EJ11 11
11/12
11
12
Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen
Italy Jarno Trulli
Brazil Ricardo Zonta
France Jean Alesi
5th (19 pts) 1–7, 9–11
All
8, 12
13–17
Brazil Ricardo Zonta Report
2002 Jordan EJ12 RA002E B 9
10
Italy Giancarlo Fisichella
Japan Takuma Sato
6th (9 pts) All
All
Germany Marcel Lasée Report
BAR 004 11
12
Canada Jacques Villeneuve
France Olivier Panis
8th (7 pts) All
All
United Kingdom Anthony Davidson Report
2003 BAR 005 RA003E B 16
16
17
Canada Jacques Villeneuve
Japan Takuma Sato
United Kingdom Jenson Button
5th (26 pts) 1–15
16
All
Japan Takuma Sato
United Kingdom Anthony Davidson
Report
2004 BAR 006 RA004E M 9
10
United Kingdom Jenson Button
Japan Takuma Sato
2nd (119 pts) All
All
United Kingdom Anthony Davidson Report
2005 BAR 007 RA005E M 3
4
4
United Kingdom Jenson Button
Japan Takuma Sato
United Kingdom Anthony Davidson
6th (38 pts) 1–4, 7–19
1, 3–4, 7–19
2
United Kingdom Anthony Davidson Report
2006 Super Aguri SA05
Super Aguri SA06
RA806E B 22
23
23
23
Japan Takuma Sato
Japan Yuji Ide
France Franck Montagny
Japan Sakon Yamamoto
11th (0 pts) All
1–4
5–11
12–18
Japan Yuji Ide Report
2007 Super Aguri SA07 RA807E B 22
23
Japan Takuma Sato
United Kingdom Anthony Davidson
9th (4 pts) All
All
Japan Sakon Yamamoto
United Kingdom James Rossiter
Report
2008 Super Aguri SA08 RA808E B 18
19
Japan Takuma Sato
United Kingdom Anthony Davidson
11th (0 pts) 1–4
1–4
United Kingdom James Rossiter Report
2009-2014: Honda did not supply any Formula One teams.
2015 McLaren MP4-30 RA615H P 14
20
22
Spain Fernando Alonso
Denmark Kevin Magnussen
United Kingdom Jenson Button
9th (27 pts) 2–19
1
All
Denmark Kevin Magnussen Report
2016 McLaren MP4-31 RA616H P 14
22
47
Spain Fernando Alonso
United Kingdom Jenson Button
Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne
6th (76 pts) 1, 3–21
All
2
Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne Report
2017 McLaren MCL32 RA617H P 2
14
22
Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne
Spain Fernando Alonso
United Kingdom Jenson Button
9th (23 pts)* 1–16
1–5, 7–16
6
United Kingdom Jenson Button
Japan Nobuharu Matsushita
United Kingdom Oliver Turvey
Netherlands Nyck de Vries
Report

*Season in progress

NotesEdit

  1. Galloway, James (30 April 2017). "Honda to power Sauber with engines in 2018 F1 season". Sky Sports F1. http://www.skysports.com/f1/news/12433/10855471/honda-to-power-sauber-with-engines-in-2018-f1-season. Retrieved 1 May 2017.
  2. "Honda and Sauber F1 Team to join forces from 2018 onwards". 30 April 2017. https://www.sauberf1team.com/news/honda-and-sauber-f1-team-to-join-forces-from-2018-onwards. Retrieved 27 July 2017.
  3. "The planned technological partnership between the Sauber F1 Team and Honda is cancelled". Sauber F1 Team. https://www.sauberf1team.com/news/the-planned-technological-partnership-between-the-sauber-f1-team-and-honda-is-cancelled. Retrieved 27 July 2017.
  4. "McLaren-Honda split after three years of troubled partnership". BBC Sport. 15 September 2017. http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/formula1/41248320. Retrieved 16 September 2017.
  5. "Toro Rosso secures multi-year Honda deal". 15 September 2017. http://www.gpupdate.net/en/f1-news/358357/toro-rosso-confirms-multi-year-honda-deal/. Retrieved 16 September 2017.
  6. 36 points scored with Ford engines

QuotesEdit

"The latest Marlboro McLaren-Honda V10 is probably the most powerful car on the track. But a V12 engine is on the way, still definately the team to beat." - Andrew Marriott. Eurosport. 1990 San Marino Grand Prix Build-Up.

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