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Honda re-entered the Formula 1 arena in 2000 with the BAR team after pulling out of the sport at the end of the 1992 season supplying the McLaren team. At that time, Honda had an amazing success record wining the Constructors' Championship 6 years in a row (in '86 and '87 with Williams and between '88 and '91 with McLaren). During that stint, they became successful very quickly entering with Williams in '83 and winning their first race in '84, won 4 races in '85 and became the dominant engine for 6 years after that.
This time round though, they are not showing the signs of that glorious past. They are now in their 3rd season and the best they have achieved was 2 3rd place finishes. Perhaps the competition is tougher these days but even if that was true, BMW re-entered the sport at the same time and they have already won 5 races so far and will be challenging for the title this year. Renault in only their second season looks more promising that the Honda runners and even Toyota who have just entered the sport this year appear to be a serious threat to Honda.
Surely a team that enjoyed so much success in the past can't get it that wrong!. 
BAR and Jordan have never been at the top so are they partnering with the wrong teams ? 
The teams on the other hand are complaining of lack of power! 

So where are they heading ? Could they come up with a winning engine or will this stint in Formula 1 be a short one ? - Have Your Say (What others are saying)

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Honda has it. It is just a matter of time - Kyle - Australia

I think Honda will end up in the back of the McLaren's, don't laugh they will get better as it is, after all Honda. The Mercedes is not worth a cracker and McLaren will not stand for this for too long and seek changes. After all Honda has sat behind McLaren's before and done all right. Regards Cooky - Australia.

They are better off making civics and accords - Sachin T - India

Honda will be in F1 for a long time but I am not sure about Jordan and B.A.R. They need another engine, better engineers, drop Panis! David Richards is doing fairly well though! Eddie Jordan is slightly losing motivation and if the team does bad they don't look good for the near future!. I feel for Fisichella though! - Rob - Australia

Presumably the Williams and McLaren teams aren't now (and never have been) interested in engines lacking grunt or reliability and Honda was, in fact, able to provide them in the past. Witness the records you mentioned. 
I was out at my local Honda dealer the other day; the franchise has just been taken over by Roger Penske. (He is a very VERY successful owner/team director in Championship Racing in America with more Indianapolis 500 wins in recent history than any other team by far.) I was joking with the mechanic who just finished the 30,000 mile tune up on my Accord. We both agreed that if Honda were delivering engines to Roger Penske for Racing, and they supplied him with the kind of reliability and competitiveness they've been giving Eddie Jordan and who ever is in charge over at B.A.R., there would be some people returning to Honda Headquarters in Japan with very squeaky voices and a profound inability to sit down. 
My hope is that with Toyota's success Honda will, at last, get somebody like Roger to lead the F1 racing division --or give up before they further mess up what had been a proud record. It isn't, when you get to this level, about money; it's about pride and dedication and a refusal to accept ANYTHING less than winning. You don't give excuses to a leader and a leader never makes excuses either. I'm still hoping that Eddie J. can find a way, but with every race, my hopes grow dimmer. - Jim W - USA

Honda seem to have gone backwards since they re-entered as an engine supplier in 2000. Their 2002 engine seems less competitive than their 2000 unit compared with BMW, Mercedes and Renault. I think that one possible answer may be that their designers are playing it too conservatively. To catch up and overtake the other engine manufacturers, regaining their success of the late 80s/early 90s, they need to find some innovation and take a few risks even if this means half a season of blown engines - Martin G - United Kingdom

The contrast between Honda and BMW is very strong. While BMW has focused all its open-wheeled development on F1, Honda has been involved with CART. Which brings us to another interesting point, it took Honda several years to become competitive in CART, for the first few years there CART engines were no more successful than the F1 entries. I think its a combination of spreading too little technical talent too thin - Matt - USA

I personally feel that in F1 racing to be successful, it can't depend on one factor, it take all field to work as one determine force to be the champ. BAR is lack of focus, they got ex-champ driver in the driving seat but still cannot deliver. How many times the car expired? When is the last time they sneeze into the top six at grid? They really have to buckle real hard - Sean - Singapore

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