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Brawn's F1 history

Ronnie Bucknam

After achieving great success on two wheels, Honda made its Formula One debut at the Nurburgring in August 1964

Ronnie Bucknam and Richie Ginther

Ronnie Bucknam (left) was the first driver behind the wheel and was joined by fellow American Richie Ginther in 1965

Richie Ginther celebrates winning the 1965 Mexican Grand Prix

In 1965, Ginther scored Honda's first ever world championship point at the Belgian Grand Prix and then claimed the team's maiden win at the final race of the season in Mexico

John Surtees

The team were unable to build on their success the following year and in 1967 entered one car with John Surtees behind the wheel

John Surtees (left) beats Jack Brabham to the finish line

Surtees recorded a famous victory over Jack Brabham at Monza and finished fourth in the drivers' championship

Stefan Johansson driving a Spirit-Honda

Honda "temporarily" withdrew from the sport in 1968 and returned 15 years later as engine supplier to the Spirit team

Keke Rosberg

Enough promise was shown during their time with Spirit to secure an engine contract with Williams for the 1984 season

The Williams-Honda of Keke Rosberg

Keke Rosberg, pictured in Detroit, won around the streets of Dallas that season, which was Honda's first F1 win since 1967

Nigel Mansell

The following year Rosberg was joined at Williams by Nigel Mansell and between them the pair won the final three races of the season

Nigel Mansell and Nelson Piquet

Nelson Piquet replaced Rosberg for 1986 and, with the fastest car, Williams-Honda won the construtors' title. But Mansell was denied the drivers' title after a spectacular tyre blow-out in the final race

Aryton Senna

Honda broadened their horizons the following year as they supplied engines to both Williams and Lotus, who had a promising young driver in Ayrton Senna among their ranks

Nigel Mansell

Honda-powered cars went on to win 11 of the year's 16 races, with Mansell leading home a historic one-two-three-four ahead of Piquet, Senna and Satoru Nakajima at Silverstone

Nelson Piquet

Piquet clinched the 1987 drivers' title at the penultimate race of the season as Williams again won the constructors' championship

Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost

Honda ended their association with Williams as they joined forces with McLaren where, with Senna (left) and Alain Prost behind the wheel, they achieved great success

Ayrton Senna (left) and Alain Prost

Senna won the 1988 title after an epic battle with his team-mate that saw them win 15 of the 16 races, while Prost won in 1989 as Honda claimed both the drivers' and constructors' championships for the third year running

Ayrton Senna (left) and Gerhard Berger

Prost left for Ferrari the following year and was replaced by Gerhard Berger. The Austrian took on a support role to Senna, who reclaimed the drivers' crown

Ayrton Senna

Honda designed a new V12 engine for McLaren in 1991 and it propelled Senna to his second title in a row and Honda's sixth consecutive constructors' championship

Ayrton Senna

Despite Senna winning three races and Berger two in 1992, McLaren were beaten by Williams, leaving Honda without a constructors' title for the first time since 1987 and they withdrew from the sport

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

But Honda continued to supply engines through satellite company Mugen, and slowly stepped up their investment as the 1990s came to an end, helping Damon Hill to secure Jordan's first victory at the Belgian GP in 1998

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 English star Jenson Button, here pictured ahead of McLaren's Kimi Raikkonen, signed up to drive

Jenson Button lifts the Hungarian GP trophy in 2006

Button won the Hungarian Grand Prix in 2006, which proved to be Honda's final victory

Jenson Button retires from qualifying in Brazil in 2008

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

Ross Brawn watches as Jenson Button prepares to take the new Brawn out on to the track in Barcelona testing

After a trying winter, Ross Brawn puts together a deal for a management buy-out and the new Brawn car looks promising in its first tests



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