Not since the 1991 season has Honda had a world champion drive a car with its engine.
Honda and Max Verstappen have a special relationship. It is quite similar to the relationship between the Japanese producer and the late Ayrton Senna. Now that Verstappen has become the first and only world champion since Honda’s return to F1, that relationship is now etched into history as the Japanese manufacturer will leave the sport. later this year. In terms of the pandemic, Honda couldn’t even celebrate its departure at the home ground of Suzuka, which it owns and often hosts the iconic Japanese GP. Now, to honor the wonderful relationship Honda has had with Verstappen, which includes 16 wins and 45 podiums, Honda said thanks to its first world champion in 30 years by presented him with the trophy designed for this year’s Japanese GP. canceled thanks to the relentless pandemic.
The Japanese GP was scheduled for October but it was canceled and replaced with the Turkish GP. The last time a driver won the world drivers championship with Honda power was the late Ayrton Senna in 1991 in a McLaren Honda. Ironically, Honda’s return to F1 was again engineered by McLaren in 2015, hoping to repeat previous success with Fernando Alonso at the helm. However, this partnership was a disaster for all three parties considering Honda is struggling to compete with Mercedes and easily has the worst power plant on the grid.
McLaren was also less effective in designing a car that could make the turbo-hybrid V6 work well and the result was a car that was exceptional in the 2015 and 2017 seasons that were not only slow but also unreliable. The two-time world champion Fernando Alonso was not impressed, causing the divorce between Honda and McLaren.
Alonso also left the sport at the end of the 2018 season after McLaren’s chassis problems surfaced with the Renault engine. During this period, Red Bull is having problems with Renault, its longtime engine partner, which has also formed its working group. Red Bull joined Honda power for its junior Torro Rossi team, which worked wonders in 2018 and then switched to Honda power in 2019. In 2021, Honda offered an engine that didn’t work. they have been planning for the 2022 season after their senior management Japan decided to leave F1.
This engine is important because it can match the super-speeds of a Mercedes engine on most days. And when it was mounted to Adrian Newey’s high-scratch chassis in the hands of Max Verstappen, the Red Bull RB16B was the car that dethroned Lewis Hamilton on the final track in the longest season in F1 history.
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