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Honda's F1 years

Jenson Button

Honda F1 employees, like driver Jenson Button, face an uncertain future as the team quits a sport it first entered in the 1960s

Richie Ginther at Silverstone in 1965

Californian Richie Ginther was Honda's first star driver, recording his only F1 win in a Honda car in 1965

John Surtees

John Surtees, the only person to win World Championships on both two and four wheels, won the Italian Grand Prix for Honda in 1967

Honda mechanics in the 1960s

Aside from two Grand Prix wins, in 1965 and 1967, Honda enjoyed only modest success, bowing out of the sport at the end of 1968

Nigel Mansell in action for Williams Honda

Honda returned as an engine supplier in the 1980s, enjoying great success first with the Williams team and then McLaren

Ayrton Senna in 1989

Honda and McLaren won four drivers' titles: three for Ayrton Senna (above) and one for Alain Prost, adding to their one with Williams

Damon Hill wins the Belgian Grand Prix in a Jordan Mugen Honda in 1998

Honda officially quit F1 in 1992, but satellite company Mugen Honda helped Damon Hill and Jordan to victory in the 1998 Belgian GP

Heinz-Harald Frentzen wins for the Jordan Mugen Honda team

In 1999, Heinz-Harald Frentzen won two races for Jordan-Mugen, and the German was a title contender until late in the season

Jos Verstappen testing in 1999

Honda nearly returned to F1 as a constructor in 1999, testing a development car (above), but the project was shelved

BAR car in 2002

However, by the following year Honda had entered a partnership with British American Tobacco, supplying engines to the BAR team

Jenson Button in Brazil in 2006

By 2006 Honda had their own team, with British star Jenson Button, here pictured ahead of McLaren's Kimi Raikkonen, signed up to drive

Jenson Button lifts the Hungarian GP trophy in 2006

It now looks as though Button's Hungarian Grand Prix victory in 2006 may prove to be Honda's final Formula One success

Jenson Button retires from qualifying in Brazil in 2008

The end of the road? Jenson Button retires from qualifying in the final race of 2008 in Brazil, in what looks like being Honda's final GP

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Global crisis ends Honda F1 era
05 Dec 08 |  Formula One

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