Button welcomes Honda's return

Thursday 16-May-2013 09:16

Jenson Button has applauded McLaren's decision to team up with Honda and their "world-beating technical innovation" in 2015.

It was confirmed on Thursday that Honda would supply 1.6-litre turbocharged V6 engines to McLaren from 2015 onwards.

The deal has been welcomed by Button, who like McLaren in the 1980s has a previous relationship with Honda.

The Brit raced for the Honda-powered BAR team from 2003 to 2005 before Honda purchased the team in 2006, running it as a full works team for three years before selling it to Ross Brawn.

And it was during those years as a works team that Button claimed his maiden grand prix victory at the 2006 Hungarian race.

"I've already enjoyed a long and successful working relationship with Honda," said the 2009 World Champ.

"I first raced a Formula 1 car powered by a Honda engine in 2003, and I was a works Honda Formula 1 driver between 2006 and '08, winning my first grand prix in Hungary in 2006 in a Honda Formula 1 car, so I know exactly how passionate Honda is about motorsport, and Formula 1 in particular.

"The challenge set by Formula 1's new technical regulations provides Honda with the perfect opportunity to return to the pinnacle of motorsport.

"Honda is one of the most experienced and accomplished builders of turbocharged engines anywhere in the world, has always treated Formula 1 as a platform for world-beating technical innovation, and will surely relish the opportunity once again to showcase on a global sporting stage its engine technicians' unparalleled engineering prowess."

Button added that he was "thrilled and excited" about the new partnership, which he billed as a "fantastic opportunity for the team, but also a great development for Formula 1 fans and the sport as a whole."

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