F1 » Turbo return set to entice another major player back to the grid?

As Porsche mulls over the pros-and-cons of an F1 comeback for the first time in more than two decades, another major manufacturer - one that departed the fray far more recently - could similarly be on the cusp of a return...

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October 11, 2010 8:20 PM

Hopefully Porsche will have the brains to realise that open wheeled motorsport is a very specialised business and that they should work to their strengths as an engine builder, as they did from 1983 to 1987, rather than setting up a team, if they want to keep costs lower and not be seen to fail so publicly as Toyota, Honda and now Mercedes. Roll on the turbos!

Mart247 - Unregistered

October 11, 2010 9:28 PM

Anyone who knows anything about the history of F1 and the mentality of Honda will know this is a complete load of rubbish. Not even a slight chance, amazed you even ran the story.

Nanbawan - Unregistered

October 11, 2010 9:38 PM

"they got their fingers too badly burnt to risk another foray. "

You seriously think Honda will never come back...

Just after they left there were already rumours that they would come back as engine supplier when they can. F1 is in their blood.

They left this time because of the economics and the management of the team but I wouldn't really be surprised by their return.

tm - Unregistered

October 11, 2010 10:24 PM

"F1 is in their blood"

No, motorcycle racing is in their blood. Honda was, is and always will be a motorcycle company 1st, and a car company 2nd. Building motorcycles and racing them are their roots.

But, if you mean that racing is in their blood, then yes, I agree. It is the heritage of Soichiro Honda, who besides being a brilliant engineer with a passion for speed also realized that success in international motor sports would bring commercial success and opportunity to the company.

slightly_sideways - Unregistered

October 11, 2010 11:19 PM

It is obvious that this is a load of hot air. It has been a very very long time since honda have been using turbos in their f1 cars.For some people to think that they will clear the cobwebs from their ancient technology from the past and end up being competitive is just ridiculous. Clearly the current teams will have an advantage over the newbys.

JJ - Unregistered

October 11, 2010 11:44 PM

As much as I love Honda, I do not see them returning to F1 anytime in the near future. If they do, I feel they would come back as an engine supplier first. I think Honda felt burned from the last full team excursion.

Dean Dean

October 12, 2010 3:03 AM

Back in the mid to late 80's we had 1000-1200hp ( with the introduction of toulene fuel 'additive' ) monsters running on 1.5 turbo charged units..BMW said they ran a standard 4cyclinder road car unit, turbo charged making the most power of all manufacturers, 1200hp in quali' trim. Ford, read Cosworth, had the tiny GB unit which was reportedly matching the BMW at the end of its life. There was the TAG-Porsche, Honda, Renault, Ferrari...the list goes on. Turbo lag was a great issue but these were real driver management skill issues. Even disregarding toulene, with the advancement in electronics etc, the technical power possiblities are immense given a free hand without strangulation rules. Personally I'd love to see the turbo's back, so much new technology could be thrown at this. It'll never happen but talking of turbo's, I'd love to see a diesel formula allowed in F1 lol.

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