With Porsche considering its options of an F1 comeback in light of the talked-about reintroduction of turbocharged engines from 2013 onwards, it seems that another player – which left the F1 scene much more recently – could also be weighing up a similar decision.
Porsche’s prospective involvement in F1 will be debated in an upcoming Volkswagen board meeting next month, but their whisperings have certainly excited F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone, who was quick to pledge that he would do all he could in helping the marque make a return to the F1 stage.
The latest whispers are that Honda – which dramatically departed the sport at the end of 2008, only to see the 2009 car it had helped fund (now powered by Mercedes and raced under the Brawn GP banner) romp to both the Drivers’ and Constructors’ titles – might also be contemplating an F1 return.
With the global economy seemingly on the road to recovery and the reintroduction of turbocharged power – with which Honda proved nearly totally dominant in the late 1980s – could prompt a rather interesting about-face for the Japanese manufacturer.
Sources from SPEEDTV – most notably, respected journalist Will Buxton – are suggesting that this rumour might have some weight.
“’Hearing a rumour that a certain Japanese engine maker wants to return if turbos come back in 2013,” tweeted Buxton. “Starts with ‘H’, ends in ‘onda’.”