In 2005 Honda bought out its partner (British American Tobacco) in the BAR F1 team and transformed the team into an Honda Racing F1. The team went into 2006 with Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello. The move was the latest F1 adventure for Honda, a company with a sporting tradition that goes back to the 1930s when company founder Soichiro Honda was an enthusiastic car racer in his youth and was a great believer in using sport to develop and market his products. He used the philosophy with Honda motorcycles and adopted the same principle when the company began building cars in the early 1960s. The first Honda cars were small sportscars designed for the US market and Honda concluded that a Formula 1 project would be a good idea. By the summer of 1963 a prototype engine was running on the test beds in Japan. Honda had wanted to use European-built chassis and did a deal with Lotus but the team pulled out of the deal at the last moment - because the Coventry Climax company was taken over by Jaguar and Lotus had links with Jaguar - and Honda was left to build its own cars as well.
Michele Alboreto (1956-2001) Many knew him as a successful driver for Ferrari in F1 or as a Le Mans winner for Porsche. Audiphiles knew him as one of the select works drivers for Audi's dominating R8 factory team. Those lucky enough to have attended the Monterrey Historic Automobile Races in 1999 might even remember him simply as the gentlemanly driver who refused to rocket his matte black Audi R8 past a multi-million dollar Auto Union Type C silver arrow, creating awe and one heck of a photo opportunity for those in attendance. However one might remember him, Audiphile and motorsport buff alike knew Michele Alboreto as a highly effective racecar driver with an easygoing demeanor and a kind smile. Earlier today, while test driving the newest version of the Audi R8 racing sportscar on the Lausitzring in Saxony, Germany, Michele Alboreto was killed when his vehicle went off the track and rolled. Dr Wolfgang Ullrich, head of Audi Sport, described the accident in an early statement as an "incomprehensible tragedy". Date of birth: 23 December 1956 Place of birth: Milan (I) Place of residence: Monte Carlo (MC)
egendary team owner Ken Tyrrell sold the team that bared his name to British American Tobacco in 1997 and with Craig Pollock fronting the team with his driver Jacques Villeneuve leading the team on the driving front with Ricardo Zonta as his team-mate. British American Racing hit the circuit for the first time in 1999. The team would later become 100 percent Honda owned as the tobacco giant bowed out of Formula One. The new team began its debut season under a cloud, defying the FIA when they launched the cars in dual tobacco livery, eventually compromising with a split livery. Their first year was a bitter disappointment on track as the Supertec powered BAR 001 failed to score a single point. Pollock landed a Honda engine deal for the 2000 season, a move that would prove increasingly critical to the team up until the team became 100 percent owned by the Japanese car giant for the 2006 season. In between, the team had its fair share of high points and low points. Their first year with Honda went very well, Villeneuve putting in some very strong performances and Zonta coming good towards the end of the season.
Honda Racing F1 Team was a Formula One (F1) team run by Japanese car manufacturer Honda, from 1964 to 1968 and from 2006 to 2008. Honda's involvement in F1 began with the 1964 season; their withdrawal in 1968 was precipitated by the death of Honda driver Jo Schlesser during the 1968 French Grand Prix. They returned in 1983 as an engine supplier, a role that ended in 1992. They returned again in 2000, providing engines for British American Racing (BAR), and by the end of 2005 BAR had been bought out and Honda Racing was re-established. It was announced on December 5, 2008 that Honda would be exiting Formula One with immediate effect due to the current economic crisis and were looking to sell the team. On February 27 2009 it was announced that the team had been secured with a management buy-out led by team principal Ross Brawn. Honda entered Formula One Grand Prix racing in 1964, just four years after producing their first road car. They began development of the RA271 in 1962 and startled the European-dominated Formula One garages with their all-Japanese factory team (except for American drivers Ronnie Bucknum and Richie Ginther).