It has been 22 years since McLaren and Honda last raced together. When they did it was a near-unbeatable partnership that dominated Formula 1 in the 1980s and ’90s. Between 1988 and 1992, Honda-powered McLarens won eight world championships and 44 grand prixs, taking 53 pole position and 30 fastest laps in just 80 grand prixs. It is with that in mind that we look forward to the 2015 Formula 1 season and the new MP4-30 car driven by former World Champions Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso.
After a six-year absence from F1, Honda is returning to the grid this year as an engine manufacturer to the Woking outfit. McLaren will be the only team running the Japanese automaker’s brand-new RA615H turbocharged hybrid power unit. Both parties are undoubtedly hoping the rekindled partnership will bring them back to the winning days when Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost drove four consecutive World Championships.
Largely an evolution of the Mercedes-powered 2014 car the MP4-29, the MP4-30 features an updated front-end design and also incorporates a slimmer rear end built around the new Honda engine and gearbox.