Honda comeback good for Japan – Button

2013 Japanese Grand Prix

Jenson Button, Honda, Circuit de Catalunya, 2008Jenson Button says Honda’s impending return to F1 as an engine supplier to McLaren is good for the sport in Japan.

“I think first of all it’s great that Formula One has another manufacturer that’s interested in coming back in” said Button during the Japanese Grand Prix press conference.

“An engine manufacturer, that’s very, very good for the sport and hopefully it’ll bring others back into the sport.”

“It feels that Japan needs either a driver or a manufacturer in the sport. Obviously it’s been a little while since they’ve had a manufacturer and there’s no Japanese drivers on the grid now.”

Button said Japan is “a country that really does love its motorsport” and has “true racing fans”.

“The guys said that there were hundreds of people out on Wednesday, on set-up day, yesterday, when it was chucking down with rain and they were watching them set up. And that’s a true racing fan. None of this Monaco stuff!

“It shows it’s in their culture and it’s in their blood. So I think it’s very special to Japan to have a manufacturer back in the sport. But obviously that’s not for another year and a half. We’ve got a long time before that and hopefully a very good year next year with Mercedes-Benz.”

As to whether Button will still be with McLaren for their reunion with Honda in 2015, he said: “There’s a chance. There’s definitely a chance.”

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20 comments on Honda comeback good for Japan – Button

  1. kcarrey (@kcarrey) said on 10th October 2013, 7:36

    is there any japanese manufacturer other than Honda that builds engine for both cars and motorcycles?

  2. Candice said on 10th October 2013, 7:36

    Got a feeling Honda is not convince in Button.

    Martin Whitmarsh was negotiating with Kimi in 2012 for future seat.

    Martin Whitmarsh openly claimed they want Alonso back in near future.

  3. Tyler (@tdog) said on 10th October 2013, 8:26

    Have there been many uglier Formula one cars than the Honda RA108?

  4. Red Andy (@red-andy) said on 10th October 2013, 8:39

    It’s good for the sport, full stop. Though I was no fan of Honda when they were last in F1, the sport badly needs a greater diversity of engine suppliers. Three is not enough – if one of them were to withdraw, would the remaining two have the resources to supply the whole grid?

  5. Aced (@aced) said on 10th October 2013, 9:16

    Take note Red Bull, that car actually has wings.

  6. Timothy Katz (@timothykatz) said on 10th October 2013, 10:07

    Absoilutely right, JB. It will be great to have a Japanese manufacturer back.
    Now, if we could just get a US engine supplier, and an American driver, and a Japanese driver . . .

  7. sgarforth (@sgarforth) said on 10th October 2013, 14:21

    Kobayashi needs to replace Checo. McLaren would definitely have the best animated side series then.

    • gwenouille (@gwenouille) said on 10th October 2013, 16:57

      Absolutely ! To be honest, Perez doesn’t impress me this year. He is regularly behind JB in quali, which is pretty telling for instance. And is quite a way back in the points too… I sincerely think KK would have been able to do the job with at least the same results.

    • Le Jimster (@lejimster82) said on 10th October 2013, 21:00

      On a serious note, Kobayashi should be at McLaren and would have pushed Button much harder than Perez has. But unless he can get a drive at another team in the next couple of years and win a race or get some more great podiums, Twitmarsh will never pick him up.

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