Honda win first F1 race in 13 years
Max Verstappen won the Austrian GP yesterday giving Honda their first win since 2006 in a momentous day for the manufacturer.
After briefly running as a full works team, Honda walked away from Formula 1 at the of 2008 before returning to the sport in 2015 as McLaren’s engine partner. Honda swapped to Toro Rosso before also taking on Red Bull at the start of this season. Nine races into that partnership and Honda have a first win on the board thanks to Verstappen’s P1, giving Honda its 73rd win in F1.
With two laps to go, Dutchman Verstappen made a pass on the inside of Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc for the lead of the race, making wheel-to-wheel contact and pushing the Monegasque off the track.
Verstappen continued on to cross first, with Leclerc finishing 2.7 seconds behind, but race stewards looked into the move to determine its legality. After a three-hour wait, the stewards ruled the pass a “racing incident” and allowed Red Bull and Honda to keep the win.
Honda F1 technical director Toyoharu Tanabe says Max Verstappen’s Austrian GP win is a “new beginning”.