After what can only be described as a disastrous start to their Grand Prix return - do you think Honda can finally start to challenge at the very front of the field?
Taking their first Formula One World Championship race victory since Jenson Button crossed the finish line at the Hungaroring back in 2006, the Austrian Grand Prix was an emotional moment for everyone at Honda Racing - finally allowing the Japanese manufacturer to prove their worth in the hybrid turbo era following four troubled years with first McLaren then Toro Rosso since returning to the sport in 2015.
Bolted to the back of the 2019 Red Bull Racing RB15, Honda look to have made significant strides in terms of both reliability and performance, allowing Max Verstappen to score an emotional and hard fought race victory at the Red Bull Ring the weekend just gone.
Admittedly Mercedes would be suffering from various issues with both their cars over the course of the Austrian Grand Prix weekend, and a perfect strategy from Red Bull allowed Verstappen to execute a blinding recovery drive on Sunday afternoon to steal the win from under the noses of Ferrari - circumstances aside, the race finally proved that Honda might well have turned a corner with their V8 turbo hybrid Power Unit.
Do you think this is the beginning of Honda emerging as a genuine front running engine supplier, or was it more a case of right place, right time for the once mighty Japanese brand?
Let us know your thoughts!
Like what we do at RaceDepartment? Follow us on Social Media!