Honda’s stay in F1 has been remarkable, achieving many a win, and scoring a couple of titles along the way. But the 1990s and 2000s never quite saw Honda return to their glory days of the 1980s.
Guest writer Journeyer charts the history of the three ages of Honda in F1 in this two-part video series. Honda’s sudden withdrawal from the sport has shocked F1. Honda was one of the few companies that held motorsport in high regard, entering F1 only three years after building their first car. Honda’s rich heritage makes … Continue reading Honda: 1963-2008 in videos part 1
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 … Continue reading Honda: 2006-2008 in pictures
Scuderia Toro Rosso make approach for Jenson Button "Jenson Button was thrown a potential career lifeline today when it emerged that an approach had been made to him by Scuderia Toro Rosso, one of the few teams to have a vacant slot left for next season." (Thanks Andy for the link) Honda BSB plans secure … Continue reading F1 links: More Honda fall-out
I’ve been back on Sky News tonight talking about the fall-out from Honda’s F1 withdrawal: This video was very kindly encoded and uploaded by the Sidepodcast team (subscribe here) so big thanks to them.
Honda president and CEO Takeo Fukui has officially announced the withdrawal of Honda from Formula One.
It now seems inevitable that Honda will announce in a few hours’ time that it is going to sell its F1 team or close it. F1 could be left with only nine teams, drivers will be left without seats, and the continued participation of other manufacturers may be in doubt. How will Honda’s departure affect … Continue reading How will Honda quitting affect F1?
Pitpass and GrandPrix.com are questioning the future of Honda’s F1 team and suggesting it could be sold or pulled out of F1. Is this just speculation during a slow time for Formula 1 or is Honda about to become F1’s first victim of the financial downturn?
Honda and Renault are leading the push for F1 engines to have equal power outputs in 2009. Renault?óÔé¼Ôäós Flavio Briatore is said to have demanded the equalisation because Renault, unlike many other teams, did not get around the ?óÔé¼?£engine freeze?óÔé¼Ôäó rules to enhance its power output in 2008. Should the FIA equalise engine power in … Continue reading F1 teams lobby for equal engines (Poll)
Ferrari is the F1 team that made the best use of its budget in 2008. The constructors’ champions spent $2.4m per point this year – less than any of its rivals. At the other end of the scale, Force India and Super Aguri (deceased) failed to score at all, giving no return on their comparatively … Continue reading $4,378,133 – the price of a point in 2008
Re-live the championship-deciding Brazilian Grand Prix in pictures. Here’s a selection of 47 images from the race including, by popular demand, some high-resolution shots of Lewis Hamilton’s title win.
Lewis Hamilton became F1?óÔé¼Ôäós youngest ever world champion as the destiny of the 2008 title switched between him and rival Felipe Massa on the final lap of the Brazilian Grand Prix.
Hamilton wins title at final turn
Massa on pole, Hamilton fourth
Felipe Massa thrilled the home crowd by taking pole position for the Brazilian Grand Prix for the third year in a row. But this year it means even more as he faced down Lewis Hamilton for the world championship. Hamilton starts fourth behind Jarno Trulli and Kimi Raikkonen.
Hamilton has seven-point lead
Penalties for Webber and Heidfeld
McLaren, Ferrari, BMW, Williams and Red Bull have their driver line-ups set for 2009. With a few informed guesses we can probably make a decent guess at what the official 2009 F1 driver line-up will look like. Here’s my thoughts, share yours below:
Rubens Barrichello became the most experienced F1 driver of all time earlier this year. But that, his nine Grand Prix wins and a well-deserved podium in the rain at Silverstone this year may not be enough to earn him a place on the 2009 grid. Should Honda keep Barrichello?
Lewis Hamilton has been accused of being too hot-headed and risking too much in championship deciding situations. Felipe Massa has been criticised for making mistakes in wheel-to-wheel battles. Watching the Japanese Grand Prix, it wasn’t difficult to understand why. As the two championship contenders provoked controversy in the opening laps, Fernando Alonso motored through to … Continue reading Alonso wins as Hamilton and Massa stumble (2008 Japanese Grand Prix)