McLaren-Honda MP4-29H/1X1 (F1 Japanese GP)

F1 Japanese G1: McLaren-Honda returns to Suzuka, exhibits former power units and machines

The F1 Japanese GP was held at Suzuka Circuit in Mie Prefecture from September 25 to 27. The McLaren-Honda team had a booth at the venue.

The yearly demonstration run of legendary machines was held at the Japanese GP, and those racing machines were also being exhibited. Two successive machines were displayed: the McLaren-Honda MP4/6 and the Williams-Honda FW11. Their engines were resounded at the exhibit twice a day.

Furthermore, there was an exhibit said to be unique to this year. It’s the booth of Honda, who has made its comeback to the F1 after seven years. The development machines MP4-29H/1X1 and the MP4-30, which were used at the 2014 Abu Dhabi Test, were displayed next to the stage. The pit wall made a reappearance. Furthermore, there were videos from the past, such as the Ayrton Senna driving, played on a monitor.

There was a queue at the power unit exhibition corner of the booth. The power units from 1988 to 2015 were lined up in a row. Because it’s the only place where you could see up close the trajectory of Honda in the F1, it was impressive to see visitors enthusiastically looking at the power units.

Instead of a flag next to the booth, a streamer was placed where fans could write their messages of support. Although it was a disappointing race for the McLaren-Honda team, Jenson Button ended the retirement rumors yesterday. I wonder, what kind of performance will he show us next year at Suzuka? I hope that the fans’ wishes will bear fruit.

(Translated by Katherine N. Bantiles)