Formula One driver Jenson Button was thrilled and excited when he heard the news that Honda is coming back to the motor sport in 2015 as engine partner to his McLaren team. Button was the last driver to win a grand prix for Honda, having grabbed the Hungarian Grand Prix for the carmaker in 2006. He piloted for Honda until the carmaker quit Formula One in 2008.
He remarked that Honda’s return was a great news for all F1 fans. He said in a McLaren statement that he grew up watching McLaren-Honda Formula One cars racing and winning around the world, writing “their own glorious chapter of Formula One history.”
He quipped that he knows how much passion, success and pride are “encapsulated” within just the words “McLaren-Honda.” He further said that the return of Honda in 2015 is a “fantastic opportunity” for the McLaren team, and a “great development” for Formula One fans and the sport as a whole.
Honda and McLaren have announced that they have signed a multi-year partnership agreement that renews the highly successful collaboration between them from 1988 to 1992, when Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost dominated the sport. McLaren, driven by Senna and Prost grabbed 15 of 16 races in 1988.
Together, McLaren and Honda boast eight world championships and 44 grands prix. They also took 53 pole positions and set 30 fastest laps. Another change in Formula One regulations will take effect in 2014 with the introduction of a new turbo-charged 1.6 litre V6 engine with energy recovery systems. For the 2014 season, McLaren will use an engine provided by Mercedes-Benz.