Honda: 2006-2008 in pictures

Honda: 2006-2008 in pictures

Honda: 2006-2008 in pictures

Honda’s attempted return to Formula 1 racing as a full constructor lasted exactly 53 races.

In that time it ascended to the top step of the podium and then plunged to the back of the field once again. After two seasons in the doldrums many expected the team to get back on its feet in 2009, but now we may never know.

Here’s a look back at each Grand Prix Honda Racing entered in the last three years with drivers Rubens Barrichello and Jenson button: the highs, and then the lows.

Images (C) Hondaracingf1.com

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14 comments on Honda: 2006-2008 in pictures

  1. Chris Y said on 6th December 2008, 12:21

    It seems Honda starts going down from the point they stop putting sponsors on their cars.

  2. Oliver said on 6th December 2008, 12:49

    They started going down from the point the appointed Nick Fry as head.

  3. Chris Y said on 6th December 2008, 13:31

    Oliver – Silly me, I totally forgot about that..

  4. Adrian said on 6th December 2008, 18:06

    For the last 2 years I’ve been wondering whether they wouldn’t have done better if they’d given up on the RA107 and RA108 and dug the race winning RA106 out and used that as a starting point…

    I sincerely hope David Richards is successful in buying the team, cos if anyone can make them race winners again on a limited budget, it’s DR & Prodrive.

  5. I never seen that Turkey 2006 Edition before, it looks fantastic!

    For the last 2 years I’ve been wondering whether they wouldn’t have done better if they’d given up on the RA107 and RA108 and dug the race winning RA106 out and used that as a starting point…

    Wasn’t the RA106 the chassis Super Aguri used? (and embaressed the Honda A-Team with?)

    Good pics, RIP Honda.

  6. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 6th December 2008, 21:35

    Loki – Yep, I think it was only used by Davidson in practice though. And yes, the RA106 was what Super Aguri used in 2007. I often wondered why Honda didn’t just take the old chassis back…

  7. Maybe it’s the Asian-oriental mentality of “face”. Going backwards is seen as a, somewhat, bad thing. By which means if your current car is a dog, you have to make it that (or make-believe) it is, and will be, better than your previous effort.

    It bewildered me – if you sell your chassis to another team, and they are making leapbounds over you (say, overtaking a Mr Alonso in a McLaren), you have to question why bother with the new one when the old one is clearly superior. Mind you, nothing wrong with the B-teams showing up the A-teams … STR showing up Red Bull this season was simply a class act in its own. Everyone loves an underdog story :)

  8. ross brawn needs to take the lead here and drop nick fry when they take on a new owner.

  9. MrPippy said on 7th December 2008, 4:01

    For the last 2 years I’ve been wondering whether they wouldn’t have done better if they’d given up on the RA107 and RA108 and dug the race winning RA106 out and used that as a starting point…

    Mechanically and aesthetically…sigh.

  10. the fitting final picture would be that Button’s car on fire after Brazilian GP :-)

  11. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 7th December 2008, 12:30

    Milos – I was looking at that picture in F1 Racing this morning and thought the same thing.

  12. gideon said on 7th December 2008, 14:27

    Im so so so sad…

    this is one of the most historical F1 engine.. honda
    my tear drop when see those pic

  13. Lady Snowcat said on 7th December 2008, 21:04

    Nooooo….

    You missed out the obvious….

    The picture of the Honda on fire at the end of the last race in 2008 at Brazil…. which turns out to be their last ever race says all you need to know about burning hopes, dreams and money….

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