The head of Honda R&D has told Autocar he hopes the marque can return to Formula One in the future, fuelling speculation it could return when the sport moves to turbocharged engines
10 October 2012

The head of Honda R&D has told Autocar he hopes the marque can return to Formula One in the future, fuelling speculation that it is evaluating the new 1.6-litre turbo rules that will be introduced from 2014.

Yoshiharu Yamamoto, told Autocar: “On a personal level I love racing, but there is a lot involved when you are in F1 – it is the very top of auto racing and that requires a large commitment. But it is true that we do look up at those races and hope that one day we can take part again.

“I do not personally think we can just go straight back immediately, but there is potential for the rules to change and attract us. I follow the rules, certainly, and if they present an opportunity then it would be nice to go back.”

Honda recently committed to the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC), where the team will run a 1.6-litre turbocharged engine. As a result, the next Honda Civic Type-R road car, due for launch in 2015, is widely tipped to run a turbocharged engine.

In an exclusive interview with Autocar magazine this week Honda president Takanobu Ito has admitted the firm is developing other turbocharged engines for sale in Europe, shifting the firm away from its long-held support of high-revving naturally-aspirated units.

That shift could tally with a renewed interest in Formula 1’s revised regulations. However, Yamamoto admitted the firm had to hit other targets before it could consider returning to F1 for the first time since 2008.

“This is my personal view – not that of Honda – but I feel the first thing we must do is win in the WTCC, and then perhaps we can look further afield,” he said.

 

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10 October 2012

If they do come back I wonder if they will take it seriously this time seeing as they were a complete failure before.

Myk

10 October 2012

owenmahamilton wrote:

If they do come back I wonder if they will take it seriously this time seeing as they were a complete failure before.

I'm not sure that winning the Constructor's Championship 6 years in a row could be called a "failure".  And let's not forget that they were responsible for the BAR that won the 2009 title as a Brawn.

To be honest I despair of Honda at the moment.  To drop BAR just as they had finally come good, and now say they might re-enter F1... I'd like to take someone outside and give them a slap.

10 October 2012

Myk wrote:

owenmahamilton wrote:

If they do come back I wonder if they will take it seriously this time seeing as they were a complete failure before.

I'm not sure that winning the Constructor's Championship 6 years in a row could be called a "failure".  And let's not forget that they were responsible for the BAR that won the 2009 title as a Brawn.

I think owenmahamilton clearly meant Honda's second bite of the F1 cherry, rather than the first (engine-only) attempt.  Their second attempt was poorly managed and badly executed.  There is no guarantee that the 2009 car would have been a champion with the Honda engine and Honda management/politics.  The 2007 and 2008 cars were more indicative of Honda's real performance.  The 2009 car had a clear aero advantage, combined with swapping one of the weakest F1 engines for the most powerful one.

If they return, I'd love to see them do so as an engine supplier, and hook up with McLaren.  Concentrate on building a banzai engine and let McLaren do the rest.  I'm sure Frank would take them back as well (for the right amount of money), despite the way they dumped him first time around and left Williams in the poo.

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10 October 2012

Personally, if I were Honda I'd steer clear of getting involved in chassis manufacture etc and stick to a decent partnership with engine supply only.

That way they'd still get the exposure as the company with half the risk.

It'd be good to see the return of a McLaren Honda.

10 October 2012

TegTypeR wrote:

It'd be good to see the return of a McLaren Honda.

I would love that.

10 October 2012

Me too!

Myk

10 October 2012

I think Williams Honda would be a more likely bet than McLaren.  It'd be nice to see Williams back up the front with Honda power.

10 October 2012

No, no and no!! Forget F1, and join a series that allows innovation, i;e the FiA WEC. Take on Audi, Toyota, Porsche...

Going to F1 is just throwing money away. And as for the WTCC - a 2nd Division world series, with no cache.

10 October 2012

..... I have inadvertently got it right if this report is anything to go by.  Trust me, didn't know anything about this until after I posted my comments.

http://www.aaformula1.com/2011/11/will-honda-be-back-to-f1-in-2014-with.html

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