F1 » Honda confirms F1 return

Speculation has been rife for several months, but Honda has now confirmed that it will be returning to F1....

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Nelson Lim

May 16, 2013 9:30 AM

I wonder how Mercedes will react to this news. Maclaren will still be using Merc engines in 2014, which will give the team as well as the Honda engineers vital insight on the design of the new Merc engines.

ed smith - Unregistered

May 16, 2013 9:36 AM

Due to design regulations, I don't think it really matters which engine you use. Aero is where it's at. The Caterham has a world championship winning engine and gearbox and still struggle at the back. Same goes with Sauber etc respectively. The Cosworth engine doesn't seem bad at all in the Marussia. It would be interesting to see it perform in the back of a top team.

Swoble - Unregistered

May 16, 2013 9:48 AM

Beats me why people want to take part in F1 where the cars are stupidly expensive, specifically designed not to be able to race and the drivers are hothoused boys who haven't been able to develop a character. Welcome to the world of gentle racing Honda!

mr Know it All - Unregistered

May 16, 2013 9:49 AM

Excellent news, while Honda were rubbish as a manufacturer, I believe that as a focussed engine supplier they will be back to their old selves and the relationship with McLaren is just perfect. Bring it on.....

Jane Fonda - Unregistered

May 16, 2013 9:54 AM

@ Fernandabulous, according to the then Brawn team at the time the Brawn would have never been as fast with the Honda engine in the back, it was not as powerful, a bit more unreliable and had a narrow torque band in comparison to the Mercedes engine, so in part Honda did them a favour by pulling out and sticking a better engine in the back


May 16, 2013 10:20 AM

Yup. The last engine Honda built for F1 was not great. But practically all of the others were, and their lack of success with Brawn had more to do with lack of focus than lack of ability. The new Honda will be competitive because the rules dictate it will. and for those who said it would not happen, well, it did, and let's hope Toyota and another are not far behind.

GeoffO - Unregistered

May 16, 2013 10:28 AM

IMO this is surprisingly sleazy of Honda. Not like them at all, to have a sneak peek of the MB engine and use what they learn. This is something expected from Korean or Chinese companies but not a proud firm like Honda.

I think MB should cancel the engine supply for 2014. McLaren have also been economical with the truth IMO

Autonomous Collective - Unregistered

May 16, 2013 10:30 AM
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Soichiro Honda started the Honda company by designing and producing piston rings for Toyota. Now Honda is the largest producer of engines worldwide. All Japanese motorcycle manufacturers have to ask permission from Honda to compete in MotoGP such is the influence they hold.

I expect that Honda, as an engine builder, will return to F1 as a force to be reckoned with. I can't wait to see Turbo charged screamers back on the track. Lets hope that they have adjustable boost so that the driver has the ability to turn up the power for qualifying or down for a rain affected race then back up when it dries.

Welcome back Honda, let'er rip!!

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