Honda eyes Britain as F1 base upon return in 2015

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TOKYO: Honda said last week it will build its European racing operations base in Britain ahead of its return to Formula One in 2015.

Honda had said in May that it will return to the sport as an engine supplier to British team McLaren in a bid to revive their championship-winning partnership. Last week it said it will build a new facility in Milton Keynes, 80 kilometers northwest of London, that “will rebuild and maintain the power units developed at Honda research and development center” in Japan.

“The UK is an ideal location; it is the home of McLaren, many F1 suppliers are UK based, and with seven of the 19 races taking place in Europe in 2013,” Honda said in a statement.

Honda pulled out of F1 after the 2008 season, ending an involvement that began in the 1960s, to cut costs during the economic downturn that ravaged Japanese exports to the US and Europe. It sold its team to former principal Ross Brawn the next year.


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