Honda open to Formula 1 return
Japanese car manufacturing giant Honda has expressed its interest of returning to Formula 1 in the future.india Updated: Oct 10, 2012 23:25 IST
Japanese car manufacturing giant Honda has expressed its interest of returning to Formula 1 in the future.
Speaking to British motoring magazine Autocar, Yoshiharu Yamamoto, a senior Honda board member who is CEO of Honda R&D, said that he is keen on getting the company back to the sport that it left in 2008 following the global economic crisis that left the company unable to justify its investment in its F1 project.
Honda competed in F1 as a factory team from 1964 to 1968, winning three races, before withdrawing and returning as an engine supplier in 1984.
As a partner with Willams and then McLaren, Honda won six consecutive constructors' titles from 1986 to 1991 and five consecutive drivers' titles from 1987 to 1991.
Following another withdrawal after 1992, Honda officially returned as an engine manufacturer with the British American Racing team in 2000. It took over the team in 2006, renaming it the Honda Racing F1 team and won the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Yamamoto went on to say that Honda's current priority was to compete in the World Touring Car Championship after which the feasibility of a return to F1 will be evaluated. The 2014 engine regulations that will see F1 adopt 1.6-litre, turbocharged V-6 engines in place of the current 2.4-litre, V-8 engines are believed to be a draw for car manufacturers looking to compete in F1.
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