Honda was a former Formula One constructor who competed from 1964 to 1968 and again from 2006 to 2008. Since 2015, they returned to the sport as an engine supplier, currently supplying McLaren. They were initially going to supply Sauber for 2018,[1][2] but the Sauber team abandoned those plans on 27 July 2017.[3] On 15 September 2017, Honda and McLaren announced their plans to split at the end of the 2017 season,[4] but that Honda will still play a part in 2018, supplying engines to Toro Rosso.[5] Honda has announced that they will pull out of F1 after the 2021 season.



History[edit | edit source]

Honda were set to make their début at the 1964 Belgian Grand Prix, but the team's car, the Honda RA271, was not ready to make it in time. The car eventually went ready for the 1964 German Grand Prix, with Ronnie Bucknum entering it. He finished 13th in the first race for Honda.

At the end of 1968, Honda withdrew from the sport due to the fatal crash of Jo Schlesser at the 1968 French Grand Prix.

Honda returned to F1 in 1983 as an engine supplier for the Spirit Racing team. The RA163E turbo engine was unreliable, retiring from three races. At the end of the season at the 1983 South African Grand Prix, the Williams team supplied Honda engines. Keke Rosberg finished fifth, meanwhile Jacques Laffite retired after spinning off.

Honda supplied Williams from 1984 to 1987, Lotus from 1987 to 1988 and McLaren from 1988 to 1992, winning a total of six constructor titles.

Honda dropped out from the sport again at the end of 1992.

In 1998, Honda announced their return to Formula One after 5 years of absence. Honda considered an entry as a constructor on their return, but the project was abandoned in 1999 following the death of Harvey Postlethwaite.

Honda returned as an engine supplier in 2000, supplying the BAR team. The following year, they supplied Jordan until 2002. Honda decided that they want to focus on their partnership with BAR from 2003 to 2005, until Honda completely took over the team in 2006.

Logo used from 2006 to 2008.

Due to the global economic crisis, Honda quit from Formula One at the end of the 2008 season, and the team was sold and formed as Brawn GP.

In 2013, Honda announced that they will return to Formula One, and they also announced that from 2015 they will supply McLaren. The 2015 season was a miserable year for the team, as the RA615H engine was very slow and unreliable compared to all other teams, leaving them ninth in the Constructors' Championship.

The 2016 season was a major improvement for the team, with the RA616H engine being far better than its predecessor. But again in 2017 the Honda engine was again slow and unreliable as it was in 2015.

Key Personnel[edit | edit source]

Team Principals[edit | edit source]

Technical Directors[edit | edit source]

CEO[edit | edit source]

Chief Aerodynamicist[edit | edit source]

Entrant Names[edit | edit source]

Years Name
19641966 Honda R&D Company
19671968 Honda Racing
1968 Honda France*
2006 Lucky Strike Honda Racing F1 Team
20072008 Honda Racing F1 Team

Formula One Record[edit | edit source]

As Constructor[edit | edit source]

As Works[edit | edit source]

Year Chassis Engine Tyre No. Drivers Rounds WCC Points WCC Pos. Report
1964 RA271 RA271E 1.5 V12 D United States Ronnie Bucknum 6, 8–9 0 Report
1965 RA272 RA272E 1.5 V12 G United States Ronnie Bucknum 2–4, 8–10 11 6th Report
United States Richie Ginther 2–6, 8–10
1966 RA273 RA273E 3.0 V12 G United States Richie Ginther 7–9 3 8th Report
United States Ronnie Bucknum 8–9
1967 RA273
RA300
RA273E 3.0 V12 F United Kingdom John Surtees 1–4, 6–7, 9–11 20 4th Report
1968 RA300
RA301
RA302
RA273E 3.0 V12
RA301E 3.0 V12
RA302E 3.0 V8
F United Kingdom John Surtees All 14 6th Report
France Jo Schlesser 6
United Kingdom David Hobbs 9
19692005: Did not compete
2006 RA106 RA806E 2.4 V8 M 11 Brazil Rubens Barrichello All 86 4th Report
12 United Kingdom Jenson Button All
2007 RA107 RA807E 2.4 V8 B 7 United Kingdom Jenson Button All 6 8th Report
8 Brazil Rubens Barrichello All
2008 RA108 RA808E 2.4 V8 B 16 United Kingdom Jenson Button All 14 9th Report
17 Brazil Rubens Barrichello All

As Privateer[edit | edit source]

Year Entrant Chassis Engine Tyre Drivers Rounds
1968 Switzerland Joakim Bonnier Racing Team RA301 RA301E 3.0 V12 F Sweden Jo Bonnier 12

As Engine Supplier[edit | edit source]

Year Entrant Chassis Engine Tyre No. Drivers Rounds WCC Points WCC Pos. Report
1983 United Kingdom TAG Williams Racing Team Williams FW09 RA163E 1.5 V6t G 1 Finland Keke Rosberg 15 2 11th Report
2 France Jacques Laffite 15
United Kingdom Spirit Racing Spirit 201
Spirit 201C
40 Sweden Stefan Johansson 9–14 0 Report
1984 United Kingdom Williams Grand Prix Engineering Williams FW09
Williams FW09B
RA163E 1.5 V6t
RA164E 1.5 V6t
G 5 France Jacques Laffite All 25.5 6th Report
6 Finland Keke Rosberg All
1985 United Kingdom Canon Williams Honda Team Williams FW10 RA164E 1.5 V6t
RA165E 1.5 V6t
G 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell All 71 3rd Report
6 Finland Keke Rosberg All
1986 United Kingdom Canon Williams Honda Team Williams FW11 RA166E 1.5 V6t G 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell All 141 1st Report
6 Brazil Nelson Piquet All
1987 United Kingdom Canon Williams Honda Team Williams FW11B RA167E 1.5 V6t G 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell 1–15 137 1st Report
Italy Riccardo Patrese 16
6 Brazil Nelson Piquet All
United Kingdom Camel Team Lotus Honda Lotus 99T 11 Japan Satoru Nakajima All 64 3rd Report
12 Brazil Ayrton Senna All
1988 United Kingdom Camel Team Lotus Honda Lotus 100T RA168E 1.5 V6t G 1 Brazil Nelson Piquet All 23 4th Report
2 Japan Satoru Nakajima All
United Kingdom Honda Marlboro McLaren McLaren MP4/4 11 France Alain Prost All 199 1st Report
12 Brazil Ayrton Senna All
1989 United Kingdom Honda Marlboro McLaren McLaren MP4/5 RA109A 3.5 V10 G 1 Brazil Ayrton Senna All 129 (141) 1st Report
2 France Alain Prost All
1990 United Kingdom Honda Marlboro McLaren McLaren MP4/5B RA109E 3.5 V10 G 27 Brazil Ayrton Senna All 121 1st Report
28 Austria Gerhard Berger All
1991 United Kingdom Honda Marlboro McLaren McLaren MP4/6 RA121E 3.5 V12 G 1 Brazil Ayrton Senna All 139 1st Report
2 Austria Gerhard Berger All
United Kingdom Braun Tyrrell Honda Tyrrell 020 RA101E 3.5 V10 P 3 Japan Satoru Nakajima All 12 6th Report
4 Italy Stefano Modena All
1992 United Kingdom Honda Marlboro McLaren McLaren MP4/6B
McLaren MP4/7A
RA121E 3.5 V12
RA122E 3.5 V12
G 1 Brazil Ayrton Senna All 99 2nd Report
2 Austria Gerhard Berger All
19931999: Did not compete
2000 United Kingdom Lucky Strike Reynard BAR Honda BAR 002 RA000E 3.0 V10 B 22 Canada Jacques Villeneuve All 20 5th Report
23 Brazil Ricardo Zonta All
2001 United Kingdom Lucky Strike BAR Honda BAR 003 RA001E 3.0 V10 B 9 France Olivier Panis All 17 6th Report
10 Canada Jacques Villeneuve All
Ireland Benson & Hedges Jordan Honda Jordan EJ11 11 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen 1–11 19 5th Report
Brazil Ricardo Zonta 8, 12
Italy Jarno Trulli 13–17
12 1–12
France Jean Alesi 13–17
2002 Ireland DHL Jordan Honda Jordan EJ12 RA002E 3.0 V10 B 9 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella All 9 6th Report
10 Japan Takuma Sato All
United Kingdom Lucky Strike BAR Honda BAR 004 11 Canada Jacques Villeneuve All 7 8th Report
12 France Olivier Panis All
2003 United Kingdom Lucky Strike BAR Honda BAR 005 RA003E 3.0 V10 B 16 Canada Jacques Villeneuve 1–15 26 5th Report
Japan Takuma Sato 16
17 United Kingdom Jenson Button All
2004 United Kingdom Lucky Strike BAR Honda BAR 006 RA004E 3.0 V10 M 9 United Kingdom Jenson Button All 119 2nd Report
10 Japan Takuma Sato All
2005 United Kingdom Lucky Strike BAR Honda BAR 007 RA005E 3.0 V10 M 3 United Kingdom Jenson Button 1–4, 7–19 38 6th Report
4 Japan Takuma Sato 1–4, 7–19
United Kingdom Anthony Davidson 2
2006 Japan Super Aguri F1 Team Super Aguri SA05
Super Aguri SA06
RA806E 2.4 V8 B 22 Japan Takuma Sato All 0 11th Report
23 Japan Yuji Ide 1–4
France Franck Montagny 5–11
Japan Sakon Yamamoto 12–18
2007 Japan Super Aguri F1 Team Super Aguri SA07 RA807E 2.4 V8 B 22 Japan Takuma Sato All 4 9th Report
23 United Kingdom Anthony Davidson All
2008 Japan Super Aguri F1 Team Super Aguri SA08 RA808E 2.4 V8 B 18 Japan Takuma Sato 1–4 0 11th Report
19 United Kingdom Anthony Davidson 1–4
20092014: Did not compete
2015 United Kingdom McLaren Honda McLaren MP4-30 RA615E 1.6 V6t P 20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen 1 29 9th Report
14 Spain Fernando Alonso 2–19
22 United Kingdom Jenson Button All
2016 United Kingdom McLaren Honda McLaren MP4-31 RA616E 1.6 V6t P 14 Spain Fernando Alonso 1, 3–21 76 6th Report
47 Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne 2
22 United Kingdom Jenson Button All
2017 United Kingdom McLaren Honda McLaren MCL32 RA617E 1.6 V6t P 2 Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne All 30 9th Report
14 Spain Fernando Alonso 1–5, 7–20
22 United Kingdom Jenson Button 6
2018 Italy Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda Toro Rosso STR13 RA618E 1.6 V6t P 10 France Pierre Gasly All 33 9th Report
28 New Zealand Brendon Hartley All
2019 Austria Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB15 RA619E 1.6 V6t P 33 Netherlands Max Verstappen All 417 3rd Report
10 France Pierre Gasly 1–12
23 Thailand Alexander Albon 13–21
Italy Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda Toro Rosso STR14 1–12 85 6th Report
10 France Pierre Gasly 13–21
26 Russia Daniil Kvyat All
2020 Italy Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda AlphaTauri AT01 RA620E 1.6 V6t P 10 France Pierre Gasly 1–11 67* 7th* Report
26 Russia Daniil Kvyat 1–11
Austria Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB16 23 Thailand Alexander Albon 1–11 211* 2nd* Report
33 Netherlands Max Verstappen 1–11
  • * Season in progress.

Wins[edit | edit source]

To see full list of wins, see Honda/Wins.

Complete Formula One Results[edit | edit source]

Main article: Honda/Results

Notes[edit | edit source]

Quotes[edit | edit source]

"The latest Marlboro McLaren-Honda V10 is probably the most powerful car on the track. But a V12 engine is on the way, still definately the team to beat." - Andrew Marriott. Eurosport. 1990 San Marino Grand Prix Build-Up.

V T E Japan Honda
Personnel
Yoshio Nakamura · Nobuhiko Kawamoto · Yoshitoshi Sakurai · Osamu Goto · Takeo Kiuchi · Ross Brawn · Nick Fry · Toyoharu Tanabe · Masashi Yamamoto · Yasuaki Asaki
Drivers
United States Ronnie Bucknum · United States Richie Ginther · United Kingdom John Surtees · France Jo Schlesser · United Kingdom Jenson Button · Brazil Rubens Barrichello
World Champions (as engine manufacturer)
Brazil Nelson Piquet (1987) · Brazil Ayrton Senna (1988, 1990, 1991) · France Alain Prost (1989)
Constructors (as engine manufacturer)
Spirit (1983) · Williams (1983–1987) · Lotus (1987–1988) · McLaren (1988–1992, 2015–2017) · Tyrrell (1991) · BAR (2000–2005) · Jordan (2001–2002) · Super Aguri (2006–2008) · Toro Rosso (2018–2019) · Red Bull (2019–present) · AlphaTauri (2020)
Cars
RA271 · RA272 · RA273 · RA300 · RA301 · RA302 · RA106 · RA107 · RA108
Results
v · t · e Teams and Drivers
2007 Teams and Drivers
Teams McLarenRenaultFerrariHondaBMW SauberToyotaRed BullWilliamsToro RossoSpykerSuper Aguri
Engines BMWFerrariHondaMercedesRenaultToyota
Drivers 1 Alonso • 2 Hamilton • 3 Fisichella • 4 Kovalainen • 5 Massa • 6 Räikkönen • 7 Button • 8 Barrichello • 9 Heidfeld • 10 Kubica/Vettel • 11 R. Schumacher • 12 Trulli • 14 Coulthard • 15 Webber • 16 Rosberg • 17 Wurz/Nakajima • 18 Liuzzi • 19 Speed/Vettel • 20 Sutil • 21 Albers/Winkelhock/Yamamoto • 22 Sato • 23 Davidson
Other Drivers AlbuquerqueAmmermüllerAndrettiAsmerBadoerBirdBourdaisBuemiChandhokChandhok
2008 Teams and Drivers
Teams FerrariBMW SauberRenaultWilliamsRed BullToyotaToro RossoHondaSuper AguriForce IndiaMcLaren
Engines MercedesRenaultFerrariBMWToyotaHonda
Race Drivers Räikkönen • 2 Massa • 3 Heidfeld • 4 Kubica • 5 Alonso • 6 Piquet, Jr • 7 Rosberg • 8 Nakajima • 9 Coulthard • 10 Webber • 11 Trulli • 12 Glock • 14 Bourdais • 15 Vettel • 16 Button • 17 Barrichello • 18 Sato • 19 Davidson • 20 Sutil • 21 Fisichella • 22 Hamilton • 23 Kovalainen
Other Drivers Badoer • Gené • Schumacher • Klien • Asmer • di Grassi • Grosjean • Yamamoto • Hülkenberg • Buemi • Kobayashi • Hartley • Wurz • Conway • Filippi • Liuzzi • Paffett • de la Rosa
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