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The Honda motor company has confirmed it will return to Formula One as an engine supplier to the McLaren F1 team in 2015. In a press conference in Japan on Thursday, McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh confirmed the rekindling of a partnership which delivered four championships during the five year deal. "I am delighted to announce that Honda and McLaren will soon begin a new chapter of our legendary Formula 1 partnership," said Whitmarsh. "It's a partnership synonymous with success. Together during the 80s and the 90s McLaren and Honda won 44 grands prix and eight world championships. "Together in 1988 we created the most successful Formula 1 car of all time, the all conquering McLaren-Honda MP4/4, which was driven to victory 15 times out of 16 by Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost. "McLaren and Honda are about to embark on a new and extremely exciting adventure together, so on behalf of everyone at McLaren and also everyone who loves F1, I am delighted to welcome Honda back to thr sport." Source: F1 Times I feel Honda will have already started development of the soon to come turbo engines. It is definitely the end of an era with Mclaren and Mercedes parting ways. On the other hand this news is getting me quite nostalgic too.
Winning alone isn’t enough for Mr.Gautam Singhania, breaking new ground is what satisfies him. Watch Mr.Gautam Singhania set the record for the fastest lap at the Buddh International Circuit in a brand new Ferrari 458 Challenger [media=]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vth6ySd0xN4&feature=youtu.be[/media]
It was a high revving Sunday for Mumbai as the finale of the week long Vodafone Speedfest took place at the BKC in Mumbai. 2008 World Champion Lewis Hamilton took to the streets in his Mclaren Mercedes F1 car and treated enthusiasts by doing what he does best. Going fast. This is the 5th time that Lewis is visiting India. The evening started off with a parade with dancers and jugglers brought down especially for the show. Hosts for the evening Manish Paul and Mandira Bedi interacted with the crowd till the sun set. The best part about this event was that it was an F1 run under the lights and to make it even more exciting the rain gods also played a part by showering rain just before the start of Lewis run. The flag off was done by Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan and PWD Minister Chagan Bhujbal. The screamed and shouted as Lewis started off with his runs on intermediate tyres. Though he really didnt go as flat out as he would have liked he entertained the crowd by doing 360 degree donut much to the awe of the viewing public. Later he took some contest winners for a spin in the Mercedes C63 AMG . He also did a round of the whole venue in a truck interacting with the crowd and giving out merchandise. And to please everyone a little more, he did one final run in the Mclaren before saying goodbye this time on slick dry weather tyres. Overall it was a good event and its not everyday that you get to see something like this. I feel more and more F1 teams should look at doing road shows like this considering we now have an Indian GP and F1 awareness has grown leaps and bounds. The last F1 run in Mumbai was done in 2009 by Red Bull and David Coulthard. Here are some pictures from the event. Other forum members who attended can add their pictures here