- Oct 27, 2014
With Honda joining the paddock in 2015, it's time to get nostalgic and check out this video of Honda's unraced 2000 Formula 1 racer.
Considering Honda is just returning to F1 with McLaren in 2015, it seems timely to look back at this little obscurity. It's Jos Verstappen testing the V10-powered RA099 at Mugello in 1999, meant as a precursor to a possible full entry the year after. It had competitive pace as well, until designer Harvey Postlethwaite's death meant the program was suddenly halted. Honda did return to supplying engines in 2000, and became a fully fledged team in the late-2000s, but here's a case of what might have been. Of the six tubs made, four made it to a racetrack, and the whereabouts of only one of those is known.
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