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. Starting with 2018, they will also supply Sauber.
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.
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 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.
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.
- Yoshio Nakumara (1964–1968)
- Shoichi Sano (1964–1968)
- Geoff Willis (2006)
- Shuhei Nakamoto (2006–2008)
- Nick Fry (2006–2008)
Formula One RecordEdit
As a constructorEdit
|Year||Car||Tyres||No.||Drivers||WCC Results||Rounds||Test Drivers||Report|
|1964||RA271||Ronnie Bucknum||6, 8–9||NC (0 pts)||N/A||Report|
|1965||RA272|| Ronnie Bucknum|
| 2–4, 8–10|
|11th (6 pts)||N/A||Report|
|1966||RA273|| Ronnie Bucknum|
|8–9, 7–9||8th (3 pts)||N/A||Report|
|John Surtees||1–4, 6–7, 9–11||4th (20 pts)||N/A||Report|
| David Hobbs|
|7th (14 pts)||N/A||Report|
|1969–2005: Did not compete|
| Rubens Barrichello|
|4th, 86 pts|| Marco Andretti|
| Jenson Button|
|8th (6 pts)|| Mike Conway|
| Jenson Button|
|9th (14 pts)|| Mike Conway|
As an engine supplierEdit
*Season in progress
- ↑ 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.
- ↑ 36 points scored with Ford engines
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