Honda reveals reason for failed reunion with McLaren – “We had too much mutual respect”

Honda revealed the reason for their failed reunion with McLaren, saying that the problem was too much respect between the two companies.

Honda partnered with McLaren in 2015 as engine suppliers to the latter. The pairing needs no introduction to an F1 fan. From 1988 to 1992, the duo ruled F1 and won four Constructors’’ Championships in five seasons.

So when the reunion happened 23 years later, hopes were sky-high. However, it couldn’t have gone more wrong, with a spate of reliability issues and other problems. Three years of this resulted in the two parting ways at the end of 2017.

Honda revealed the reason for their failed reunion with McLaren, saying that the issue was that the two companies respected each other too much.

As quoted by, Honda’s Formula 1 boss Masashi Yamamoto said, “Starting from McLaren days, we have learned a lot from them but we think we had a mutual respect too much.

“That’s why we had maybe a shortness, a little bit, of communication and then it was a shame the project didn’t go well.”

Fernando Alonso driving for McLaren. United States, October 2015.
The ill-fated 21st century McLaren-Honda. Source:

All for the best

The dissolution of the partnership was the beginning of good times again for the Japanese manufacturer. They partnered up with Toro Rosso and eventually Red Bull from 2019. Two years, the Honda-powered Red Bull won the Drivers’ Championship.

Honda left F1 after that victory, with Yamamoto explaining why that decision was taken.

“Leaving F1 was a very big decision for Honda, and was for the carbon-neutral and also for the customers all over the world,” he explained.

“Although we had good results this year, we never had a discussion to stay here.”

“The best moment for me is the Australian Grand Prix in 2019, the first podium with Red Bull Racing. Also, of course, 2019 Austria, the first win with Red Bull.”

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