Honda decided to return to Formula 1 racing season 2015 starts. This was expressed directly by the President & CEO of Honda Motor Co.., Ltd.., Takanobu Ito. Honda also announced a partnership with the McLaren team in the event.
Thus, the team will re-use the name McLaren McLaren Honda began racing season 2015. Honda will provide a supply of machinery, technology KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System) for the McLaren team. While McLaren will be racing chassis design development. F1 racing season began in 2014, the team will use the new technical regulations that use a new engine that powered literturbocharged 1.6, with a V6 configuration equipped with KERS technology.
“Honda has a long history of participation in the most prestigious automobile race in the world”, according to President and CEO of Honda Motor Co.., Ltd., Takanobu Ito. “New regulations F1 with a focus on significant changes to the environment will surely inspire us to create new cutting edge technologies as a form of our participation in F1,” he added.
While the McLaren team principal, Martin Whitmarsh said: “This news is fantastic news for everyone who loves racing to welcome the return of the Honda F1 racing to F1”.
FIA President, Jean Todt also said, “We are very happy to welcome the return of the Honda F1. Honda will be a serious contender in the next few years”.
Group CEO Formula 1, Bernie Ecclestone also said, “So glad Honda returned to F1 as Honda has a leading-edge technology sertapassionterhadap world motorsport”.
F1 racing is not new to Honda, because Honda has had a long history of racing in the world and the “Racing” is one of Honda’s DNA. Honda began to participate in F1 racing at the German GP in 1964 where Honda became the first team from the Asian manufacturer ever to race in F1 arena. In the first period at the Honda racing F1 is in the 1964-1968 Honda managed to collect 2 pieces wins, 5 podiums, as well as 1 kalipole position.
In the second period to participate in the Honda F1 in 1983 to 1992, Honda became engine supplier to F1 teams such as Spirit, Lotus, Williams and McLaren. In that period the Honda managed to become world champion with Williams team as much as 2 times (1986-1987) followed by 4 times with McLaren (1988-1991). Thus Honda won the constructors’ world championship 6 results cooperation with Williams and McLaren teams.
In the third period, the Honda factory team participate again as a whole in the years 2006-2008 after serving as a technical partner for the BAR team in 2000-2005. Honda won 1 wins, 4 podiums, and 1 times the pole position in the third period. Overall, therefore, Honda has managed to collect 3 wins, 9 podiums, 3 pole positions, and 2 times the Fastest Lap. This achievement makes the Honda factory team as a representative of Asia’s best in F1 so far.
In addition to F1 racing, Honda has also participated in other racing both four and two wheels. In four-wheel racing, Honda also dropped in racing Super GT, Formula Nippon, FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC), British Touring Car Championship (BTCC), Australia Rally Championshp (ARC), Indonesian Super Production (ISP), and in Indy Car racing as one engine supplier.