Honda's so-called legacy is bad for F1

Honda's so-called legacy is bad for F1

Honda's current travails with McLaren are making Formula 1 look impossible to crack for new manufacturers. But a look at history suggests that despite the legend of its previous McLaren partnership, Honda is the problem, not F1

Back in May 2013, while still McLaren CEO eight months before the boardroom coup in which he was ousted by Ron Dennis, Martin Whitmarsh welcomed Honda's return to Formula 1 as the engine and technology partner to the team with which it had dominated in the late eighties.

"The names of McLaren and Honda are synonymous with success in Formula 1, and, for everyone who works for both companies, the weight of our past achievements together lies heavily on our shoulders," he said.

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