October 6, 2014

Honda hoping F1 history will repeat

In 1966 my grandfather was taking pictures on pit lane at Monza. Among shots of Jim Clark, Graham Hill, Ludovico Scarfiotti and Jackie Stewart were a couple of frames of what he probably felt was still a curiosity: a gorgeous white and red Japanese car,  the Honda RA 273 of Richie Ginther.

Honda had entered F1 in 64 and would score its first win the year following these pictures in 1967, when John Surtees won in Italy with a Lola designed chassis.

Ginther by Rainer Schagelmilch 

Honda's domination in F1 came as an engine supplier to Mclaren in the Senna-Prost years, 1988 to 1992.

Honda will be back with Mclaren again next year, hoping no doubt history will repeat.   Although it's expected Fernando Alonso will join the team, as of this writing nothing is official yet and there are rumors floating around of delays in the development of both the Honda power unit and the Mclaren chassis.  Take them with a grain of salt.

Honda released this promo film today.   Below it, a clip of previous Honda F1 engines.

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