Honda has given credit to Toro Rosso for their first Grand Prix win since 2006.
The Japanese manufacturer has struggled upon their return to Formula 1 in 2015 but they have shown signs of improvement since parting ways with McLaren at the end of 2017.
Max Verstappen got Honda’s first podium of the year at the opening race in Australia and his victory last weekend in Austria was Honda’s first win since Jenson Button won the Hungarian Grand Prix in 2006.
Honda F1 Technical Director, Toyoharu Tanabe said: “Thanks to the efforts of all the Honda F1 staff in Japan and the UK, who worked tirelessly on our PU development, we finally made it, our first win in the hybrid era, the first since Hungary 2006.”
“We must not forget the great contribution made by Scuderia Toro Rosso, who helped us get back on the right path last year.”
“Honda has not done this alone and so we want to acknowledge the contribution of our outside suppliers.”
Improvements are being made
The Japanese firm were a long way off the pace when they returned to the series with McLaren in 2015. McLaren blamed Honda for their lack of performance for a long time and eventually the relationship between the pair broke down and they parted ways.
But since moving to Toro Rosso and then to Red Bull, Honda has slowly improved both speed and reliability.
This season a Honda powered car has been, on average, the third fastest car through the speed trap. They were also fastest in the speed trap at Australia, Bahrain and China.
Honda CEO, Takahiro Hachigo commented: “We went through some tough times over the past five years on the race tracks and in the factory.”
“I am speechless when I think about the enormous effort from all the Honda staff involved in this project, who always believed in themselves and never gave up and finally reached today’s victory.”