Honda F1 Racing have shown in 2019 that they can fight Ferrari and Mercedes for race wins and podiums. The Japanese manufacturer scored their first double podium last weekend in Germany for the first time since they returned to Formula One as an engine supplier in 2015 with McLaren however that project failed horribly and the two parties ended the agreement which saw McLaren move to Renault power for 2018.
Scuderia Toro Rosso took up the vacant engine deal with Honda in 2018 scoring 33 points. The engine manufacturer invested a lot of money in their return to Formula One setting up a facility in Milton Keynes just down the road from the Aston Martin Red Bull Racing team.
In 2018 it was announced that Red Bull would be powered by Honda in 2019 alongside their sister Scuderia Toro Rosso team and in their first race together, Down Under in Australia, Max Verstappen picked up Honda’s first podium finish since returning to Formula One with a third place finish. The Dutch driver scored a second podium in Spain in May with another third place finish.
In their home race in Austria at the Red Bull Ring, Verstappen scored Honda’s first Formula One victory since Hungary 2006 when Jenson Button won for the BAR Honda F1 Team.
In Germany last time out it was a great weekend for Honda as not only did Max Verstappen secure his second win of the season while Scuderia Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat scored a brilliant third place finish following a fantastic drive. Verstappen has now finished every race this season in the top ten.
The results that Aston Martin Red Bull Racing and Scuderia Toro Rosso so far this season just shows how far Honda have come since returning to Formula One in 2015.