Honda making 'steady progress' in F1 return

Honda making 'steady progress' in F1 return

7 February 2014 – Honda says it is making "steady progress" with the development of its new turbocharged power unit.

The Japanese manufacturer, which called time on its last spell in the sport at the end of the 2008 campaign, will be making a comeback as an engine supplier next season, having reignited its partnership with McLaren.

"For the FIA Formula One World Championship, which Honda will rejoin in the 2015 season, the company is making steady progress in developing the power unit," explained a Honda statement.

"In January 2014 Honda moved its motor sports development base from the Automobile R&D Center of Honda R&D Co., Ltd. (at Haga-machi, Haga-gun in Tochigi Prefecture) to a newly situated area in its facility in Sakura City (also in Tochigi), in a move to further strengthen its development organization for F1 and other races.

"At Honda's European base for F1 activity in Milton Keynes, U.K., installation of the dynamo and assembly facilities will be completed in June 2014 to further reinforce the already solid setup in preparation for racing."

Ferrari, Mercedes and Renault are the three engine manufacturers supplying teams this season.

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