Beginning next year, Honda and McLaren will be racing together again in Formula 1, reuniting a legendary duo that built an enduring legacy. 2015 is shaping up to be an exciting year already.
Between 1988 and 1992, Honda and McLaren teamed up to win 44 Formula 1 races and 8 world championships, of which 30 wins and 3 championships can be attributed to the famous Ayrton Senna. Honda’s decision to re-enter Formula 1 was hinged around the motorsport’s decision to ditch the V8 engine standard in favor of hybrid V6 “power units” with a greater emphasis on environmental awareness. Honda will supply the engines, McLaren the chassis, and Ferrari the talent.
Heading the McLaren-Honda team will be none other than former Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso, who was candid about the team’s chances going into the 2015 season. “I am joining this project with enormous enthusiasm and determination, knowing that it may require some time to achieve the results we are aiming for, which is no problem for me,” the driver said.
Living up to the legend that is Ayrton Senna is no small matter, but this triumvirate is bringing a lot of talent and technology to the table. Honda’s hybrid technology has never been as competitive as Toyota’s but so many technologies have been forged in the crucible of competition. Hopefully Honda can translate some on-track successes into higher hybrid sales.