Honda have officially announced they will return to Formula One as an engine supplier to McLaren in the 2015 season.
The Honda name could return to Formula One according to head of research and design Yoshiharu Yamamoto.
The remarkable story of Brawn has generated many column inches since the team won both championships on Sunday. But the flip side to the story is whether Honda’s decision to sell the team ten months ago must now be considered one of F1’s greatest blunders.
Update: see how Button and Brawn can win the titles in Brazil. The Japanese Grand Prix this weekend could see the conclusion of either or both world championships. Drivers’ championship Jenson Button will seal the drivers’ championship if he scores at least five points more than team mate Rubens Barrichello. He can do that by: … Continue reading Button and Brawn can win titles in Japan
F1 Fanatic guest writer Journeyer concludes his look at the career of championship leader Jenson Button. Jenson Button struggled to find some traction for his F1 career at first, being inconsistent in his first few years. But he soon began to show genuine potential, and he made the most of whatever opportunites he had to … Continue reading Jenson Button’s career in video (Part 2)
Journeyer concludes his two-part look at Rubens Barrichello’s F1 career. Rubens Barrichello is the most experienced driver in Formula 1 history – and from the end of 1990s and throughout the 2000s he was usually found mixing it with the leaders and regularly winning races himself. But despite a long spell at multiple championship winners … Continue reading Rubens Barrichello’s career in video (p2)
Brawn GP, Williams and Toyota’s diffusers have been given the all-clear by the stewards in Melbourne. But Ferrari, BMW, Renault and Red Bull are intending to protest the decision. This means a Court of Appeal hearing into the legality of the parts will have to be held, most likely in the week after the Malaysian … Continue reading Diffuser row set to drag on
Lewis Hamilton will drive the McLaren-Honda that Ayrton Senna won his first world championship in at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed. The Earl of March announced today that Hamilton will be making his third visit to the festival and will drive a 1988 McLaren-Honda MP4-4. Senna scored his first of three world championships in … Continue reading Hamilton to drive Senna’s McLaren
Ross Brawn has confirmed that his new team Brawn GP will take over from Honda and contest the 2009 F1 season. As has been rumoured in recent weeks the team will use the same Mercedes engines as McLaren and Force India. Ross Brawn will be team principal of his eponymous outfit and Jenson Button and … Continue reading Brawn GP takes Honda F1’s place on the 2009 F1 grid – official
Nick Fry has told the BBC that the Honda F1 team has been saved. Fry said: “All the teams and their support have helped us preserve our team. So I, Ross [Brawn] and our 700 employees thank them.” The team is expected to field Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello in its two cars, which they … Continue reading Honda ‘saved’ says Nick Fry
The F1 world is waiting to discover whether Honda’s team will make it onto the grid next year. Becken has unearthed an interesting detail potentially revealing the name of the new team as Brawn Racing: There?óÔé¼Ôäós an interesting history regarding an internet domain registered by a lawyer named Caroline McGrory (former BAR employee!). She taken … Continue reading Brawn Racing? Surely not…
Several newspapers this morning are claiming a deal to rescue the Honda F1 team has been done. According to The Times: Sources close to the Brackley-based outfit confirmed last night that the deal is going ahead and that the team will conduct a ?óÔé¼?ôshakedown?óÔé¼?Ø test of their new car at Silverstone next Thursday, which will … Continue reading Newspapers claim Honda F1 deal done
A very surprising story on Autosport.com this evening: Despite no confirmation that a buyer has been found to secure the future of the Brackley-based outfit, autosport.com has learned that with the 2009 car now ready, team personnel have been instructed to get ready to go testing. It is not clear whether the preparations are advanced … Continue reading Ray of light for Honda as team goes testing
Virgin boss Richard Branson has discussed what he would like to see in Formula 1 racing if his company were to become involved. However he refrained from clarifying whether or not he was in discussions to take over the Honda F1 team: If we were in discussions I wouldn’t be allowed to say it because … Continue reading Branson wants clean and cheap racing
In December we did a poll on whether The Team Formerly Known as Honda would participate in the 2009 F1 championship. Half of F1 Fanatic readers thought they would, but two months later are we more or less confident about the fate of F1’s tenth team? [poll id=”45″]
David Richards didn’t exactly say “I’m not buying Honda”, but he dropped a big hint today that he won’t be taking over the Brackley team in 2009: The cost-cutting process that has been put in place has not yet seen its full benefit, and I don’t think it will be until 2010 that you will … Continue reading David Richards says F1 costs are still too high – and he’s not buying Honda
Almost two weeks have passed since Honda made the shock announcement it was selling its F1 team. The deadline for what Honda calls a ‘credible’ buyer to be identified is a little over two weeks away. Will one be found? [poll id=”37″]
Earlier this week I asked if Honda’s F1 pull-out would be a one-off or the first of many. Guest writer Ben Evans sees more manufacturer withdrawals in the near future. So Honda is F1?óÔé¼Ôäós first credit crunch victim having, in the space of 12 months, gone from two F1 teams to none. Surprising? Well not … Continue reading Why more manufacturers will follow Honda out of F1 (Ben Evans column)
While Honda joins Audi and Seat in scaling back its motor racing programmes for 2009, Porsche is doing the opposite. But the German premium marque isn?óÔé¼Ôäót joining rivals BMW and Mercedes in Formula 1 ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ it?óÔé¼Ôäós chosen the American Grand-Am sports car championship. What, if anything, does this tell us about F1?óÔé¼Ôäós appeal to car … Continue reading More signs that manufacturers are starting to favour specification racing
The true impact of the global recession on Formula 1 became clear week as Honda suddenly axed its F1 team. It?óÔé¼Ôäós not clear how deep and how prolonged the recession will be, but we can get an idea how it will affect F1 by looking back on what the 1989-1992 recession did to the sport.