The Honda Racing F1 Team refers to the Formula 1 racing team and engine manufacturer owned by the Japanese automotive company Honda.
Honda Competed in Formula 1 from 1964 to 1968, Then Transitioned to Solely Operating as an Engine Supplier from 1983 to 2005, Associated with Eight Driver and Constructor Championships. After Acquiring British American Racing, Honda Returned as a Full Team from 2006 to the End of the 2008 Season, Clinching a Sole Victory with Jenson Button at the 2006 Hungarian Grand Prix. The Team Underwent a Transformation on March 6, 2009, Through a Sale and Rebranding, Emerging as the Brawn GP Formula One Team.
In 2015, Honda resumed its role as an engine supplier by once again providing engines to McLaren Racing until the end of the 2017 season. Since 2018, Honda has supplied engines to Toro Rosso (subsequently becoming AlphaTauri) and, starting the following year, to Red Bull Racing. In October 2020, Honda announced its departure from Formula 1 at the end of 2021, exiting the sport after enabling Max Verstappen to clinch his first world title.
However, the Japanese engine manufacturer ultimately decided to continue its partnership with Red Bull Racing until 2025, with the engines subsequently branded as Honda RBPT. Additionally, Honda will become the engine supplier for the Aston Martin F1 Team starting in 2026.
Honda Racing F1 Team: BAR Partnership
Honda resumed its involvement in 2000, supplying complimentary engines and factory support to BAR. The team also received free engines from Honda for the 2001 and 2002 seasons, sparking a competition for the long-term use of Honda engines. Despite the improved performance in the previous two seasons, Honda terminated the partnership with Jordan Grand Prix in 2003 to focus on the collaboration with BAR. In mid-November 2004, Honda acquired a 45% stake in the BAR team from British American Tobacco (BAT), the founder and owner of BAR. This move followed BAR’s successful 2004 season, where they secured second place in the Constructors’ Championship, trailing only behind the dominant World Champions Michael Schumacher and Ferrari.
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