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Masashi Yamamoto, General Manager, Honda Motorsport
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Why Honda’s true progress will only be seen in F1 2020

Honda and Red Bull joined forces in Formula 1 2019 – a year on from the former’s high-profile split from McLaren. There were wins, but no title challenge. Here we explain why that was never the expectation

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When McLaren targeted a return to Formula 1 domination with Honda ahead of the revival of its famous partnership in 2015, it would have been inconceivable that the Japanese manufacturer would have to wait until 2019 to taste victory again. Oh, and it would be with Red Bull, not McLaren.

Honda's path to redemption, first by rebuilding its respectability in 2018 with Toro Rosso and then by returning to winning ways this year, is an expensive feel-good story.

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