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Honda, where are they heading ?
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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.
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)
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
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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