The news that McLaren
and Honda will resume their F1 partnership from the start of the 2015 season has rekindled memories of one of the most potent combinations in the sport's storied history.
Although only together for five seasons, between 1988-92, the Woking team and its Japanese engine supplier racked up an enviable record of success, most notably when Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna produced the single most dominant season of all time, winning 15 of the 16 races.
Among the other statistics produced by the relationship are:
Grand prix starts: 80
Pole positions: 53 a 66 per cent strike rate
Race wins: 44 55 per cent success rate
Fastest laps: 30 37.5 per cent, including 10 in 1988 alone
Points scored: 699 from theoretical maximum of 992
World drivers' championships: 4 (Senna in 1988, '90, '91 and Prost in 1989) 80 per cent success rate
World constructors' championships: 4 80 per cent success rate
For the record, the honours were shared by three different engine configurations – 1.5-litre turbo V6, 3.5-litre naturally aspirated V10, 3.5-litre naturally aspirated V12 – and McLaren-Honda will now aim to make it four, with the introduction of the all-new 1.6-litre turbocharged V6 regulations from next season...