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Soichiro Honda in preparation for our very first Formula 1 race in 1964 at the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Soichiro Honda in preparation for our very first Formula 1 race in 1964 at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

A baptism of fire

Soichiro Honda said that ‘success is 99 percent failure’, and we’ve experienced more than our fair share of challenges since we started testing in 1962 in preparation for our very first Formula 1 race in 1964 at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

  • THE EARLY YEARS

    1962-1967

  • A GOLDEN ERA

    1986- 1988

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The Golden Era

In 1987, powering both Lotus and Williams, the victory Soichiro Honda had always dreamt of came true – we won the Drivers’ and Constructors’ World Championships.

Honda power

Our winning streak continued in 1988 with McLaren taking our engines to the pinnacle of success with Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna driving the turbocharged RA168-E V6. We won 15 out of 16 races on that years’ calendar with Ayrton taking the Drivers’ Championship and we claimed the Constructors’ once again.

Driving legends

In 1989, McLaren-Honda team opted for a unique V10 engine strategy after turbos were banned. We bagged the Constructors’ Championship yet again with Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost – this time with Prost taking the Drivers’ title.

Driving force

Gerhard Berger’s win for McLaren-Honda at the 1992 Australian GP in the final race of the year, brought our second F1 era to a close. We remained involved through subsequent seasons in a low-key capacity supplying engines until we had the call, in 2000.

 

The next level

Increasing the pace.

In 2000 we returned, supplying engines to BAR and in 2004 we were runners-up. In 2006 the team, now renamed Honda F1 Racing, won the Hungarian Grand Prix – the race that Jenson Button claimed his first victory in Formula One. The ‘Earth Dreams’ engine program started in 2007, but we had to pull out due to the global financial crash. However, in 2009 the renamed Brawn GP team finished developing the car and together with Jenson Button, they won six of the first seven races and went on to clinch the driver’s and constructor’s title.

Relighting the fire

From 2014, Formula 1 made the switch to hybrid power units and cars were propelled by efficient, 1.6 litre turbocharged engines. The lure of the sport proved irresistible and we were back on the grid in 2015; re-igniting one of the most famous racing partnerships ever – Honda-McLaren.

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Foundations for the future

With new partners Scuderia Toro Rosso, we started testing the STR14 and RA618H. It was a year that also brought a change in management for Honda Racing F1, with Toyoharu Tanabe taking the new role of Technical Director. It was also the year we managed to achieve our best result since our return, with a 4th place in Bahrain. Although it may have seemed a disappointing year in terms of results, it created a good platform to build on for the future.

New teams and new faces

2019 Aston Martin Red Bull Racing took the decision to use Honda Power, alongside Scuderia Toro Rosso. For the first time since 2002, we were powering 4 cars on the grid. We also welcomed some new faces to the Honda family, with drivers Alex Albon and Daniil Kvyat joining the F1 Paddock, alongside Pierre Gasly and Max Verstappen – who picked up 9 podiums including 3 wins. Scuderia Toro Rosso claimed their biggest ever tally of points, stepping on to the podium twice. Daniil Kvyat on a rain-soaked Hockenhiem - P3 and Pierre Gasly beating Hamilton across the line in Brazil to take P2.

2020 TEAMS, AT A GLANCE

Teams
Cars
Drivers
Best result from 2019
Fastest laps from 2019
Aston Martin Red Bull Racing

RB16 Race Car

Max Verstappen and Alexander Albon

3 wins: Austria, Germany and Brazil

Lap record-Verstappen

Hungaroring 1:14.572

Scuderia Alpha Tauri

AT01 Race Car

Pierre Gasly and Danil Kvyat

P2: Brazil

Fastest lap-Gasly

Shanghai International Circuit 1:34.547

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The Honda Range

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