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Honda In Formula One

Honda has participated in Formula One, as an engine manufacturer and team owner, for various periods since 1964. Honda’s involvement in Formula One began with the 1964 season, and in 1965 they achieved their first victory at the Mexican Grand Prix. After further success with John Surtees, Honda withdrew at the end of the 1968 season due to difficulties selling road cars in the United States and Honda driver Jo Schlesser’s fatal accident.

Honda returned in 1983 as an engine manufacturer, which started a very successful period for the company. After winning races in 1984 and 1985, Honda won the Constructors’ Championship every year between 1986 and 1991 with Williams and McLaren, and the Drivers’ Championship every year from 1987 to 1991 with Nelson Piquet, Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost. Honda withdrew at the end of 1992 after having achieved their targets and suffering the burst of the Japanese asset price bubble.

Honda returned again in 2000, providing engines for British American Racing (BAR). BAR-Honda finished second in the Constructors’ Championship in 2004, and by the end of 2005 Honda had bought out the BAR team, which was rebranded as Honda for 2006. After a good 2006 season where Jenson Button won the Hungarian Grand Prix, Honda announced in December 2008 that they would be exiting Formula One with immediate effect due to the global financial crisis, following two difficult seasons in 2007 and 2008.

In May 2013, Honda announced their intention to return to the sport in the 2015 season under a works agreement with McLaren to supply power units. The first iterations of the Honda engines proved to be uncompetitive, and Honda spent their first three years under the harsh scrutiny of the public eye as they developed their power unit. McLaren and Honda split after three years, Toro Rosso however, agreed to use Honda engines for the 2018 season as a works outfit. Following a fairly successful season with Toro Rosso, Honda showing fast and potent development with the engines, Red Bull Racing agreed to also take on Honda engines for the 2019 season. Their first victory of the hybrid era was at the 2019 Austrian Grand Prix, and after several highly successful displays, the Honda power unit is now considered to be one of the front running engines.

As an engine manufacturer, Honda has won six World Constructors’ Championships, five World Drivers’ Championships and over 70 Grands Prix, ranking fifth in Formula One history. In addition to their success as an engine manufacturer, their three Grand Prix wins as a team owner make them the only Japanese or Asian team to win in Formula One.

Honda
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Full name Honda Racing F1 Team (2006–2008) Honda R & D Company (1964–1968)
Base Tokyo, Japan (1964) Amsterdam, Netherlands (1965–1966) Slough, UK (1967–1968) Brackley, UK and Sakura, Japan (2006–2008) Milton Keynes, UK and Sakura, Japan (2015–)
Noted staff Yoshio Nakamura Nobuhiko Kawamoto Yoshitoshi Sakurai Osamu Goto Takeo Kiuchi Ross Brawn Nick Fry Toyoharu Tanabe Masashi Yamamoto Yasuaki Asaki
Noted drivers United States Ronnie Bucknum United States Richie Ginther France Jo Schlesser United Kingdom John Surtees United Kingdom Jenson Button Brazil Rubens Barrichello
Website honda.racing/f1
Previous name British American Racing
Next name Brawn GP Formula One Team
Formula One World Championship career
First entry 1964 German Grand Prix
Races entered 88
Engines Honda
Constructors’ Championships 0
Drivers’ Championships 0
Race victories 3
Podiums 9
Points 154
Pole positions 2
Fastest laps 2
Final entry 2008 Brazilian Grand Prix
Honda as a Formula One engine manufacturer
Formula One World Championship career
First entry 1964 German Grand Prix
Last entry 2021 Austrian Grand Prix
Races entered 469 (468 starts)
Chassis Honda, Spirit, Williams, Lotus, McLaren, Tyrrell, BAR, Jordan, Super Aguri, Toro Rosso, Red Bull, AlphaTauri
Constructors’ Championships 6 (1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991)
Drivers’ Championships 5 (1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991)
Race victories 84
Podiums 210
Points 3015.5
Pole positions 84
Fastest laps 71

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Formula One chassis results

Year Name Car Engine Tyres No. Drivers Points WCC
1964 Japan Honda R & D Company RA271 RA271E 1.5 V12 D United States Ronnie Bucknum 0 NC
1965 Japan Honda R & D Company RA272 RA272E 1.5 V12 G United States Ronnie Bucknum United States Richie Ginther 11 6th
1966 Japan Honda R & D Company RA273 RA273E 3.0 V12 G United States Ronnie Bucknum United States Richie Ginther 3 8th
1967 Japan Honda R & D Company RA273 RA300 RA273E 3.0 V12 F United Kingdom John Surtees 20 4th
1968 Japan Honda R & D Company RA300 RA301 RA302 RA273E 3.0 V12 RA301E 3.0 V12 RA302E 3.0 V8 F G United Kingdom David Hobbs France Jo Schlesser United Kingdom John Surtees 14 6th
Sweden Joakim Bonnier Racing Team RA301 RA301E 3.0 V12 G Sweden Joakim Bonnier
1969 – 2005: Honda did not compete as a chassis constructor.
2006 Japan Lucky Strike Honda Racing F1 Team RA106 RA806E 2.4 V8 M 11. 12. Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom Jenson Button 86 4th
2007 Japan Honda Racing F1 Team RA107 RA807E 2.4 V8 B 7. 8. United Kingdom Jenson Button Brazil Rubens Barrichello 6 8th
2008 Japan Honda Racing F1 Team RA108 RA808E 2.4 V8 B 16. 17. United Kingdom Jenson Button Brazil Rubens Barrichello 14 9th

Formula One engine results

World Constructors’ Championship wins

Constructor Season(s) World Constructors’ Championship wins
United Kingdom Williams 1986–1987 2
United Kingdom McLaren 1988–1991 4

Grand Prix results

Constructor Season(s) Total wins First win Last win Pole positions First pole Last pole
Japan Honda 1964–1968, 2006–2008 3 1965 Mexican Grand Prix 2006 Hungarian Grand Prix 2 1968 Italian Grand Prix 2006 Australian Grand Prix
United Kingdom Spirit 1983 0 0
United Kingdom Williams 1983–1987 23 1984 Dallas Grand Prix 1987 Mexican Grand Prix 19 1985 French Grand Prix 1987 Mexican Grand Prix
United Kingdom Lotus 1987–1988 2 1987 Monaco Grand Prix 1987 Detroit Grand Prix 1 1987 San Marino Grand Prix 1987 San Marino Grand Prix
United Kingdom McLaren 1988–1992, 2015–2017 44 1988 Brazilian Grand Prix 1992 Australian Grand Prix 53 1988 Brazilian Grand Prix 1992 Canadian Grand Prix
United Kingdom Tyrrell 1991 0 0
United Kingdom BAR 2000–2005 0 2 2004 San Marino Grand Prix 2005 Canadian Grand Prix
Republic of Ireland Jordan 2001–2002 0 0
Japan Super Aguri 2006–2008 0 0
Italy Toro Rosso 2018–2019 0 0
Austria Red Bull 2019–2021 11 2019 Austrian Grand Prix 2021 Austrian Grand Prix 7 2019 Hungarian Grand Prix 2021 Austrian Grand Prix
Italy AlphaTauri 2020-2021 1 2020 Italian Grand Prix 2020 Italian Grand Prix 0
Total 1964–2021 84 1965 Mexican Grand Prix 2021 Austrian Grand Prix 84 1968 Italian Grand Prix 2021 Austrian Grand Prix