Honda praised by Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button, McLaren after win

The F1 paddock has been paying tribute to Honda after the Japanese manufacturer powered Red Bull’s Max Verstappen to his amazing Austrian GP win.

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Two years after ending a torrid and tumultuous three-year stint back at McLaren, Honda won for the first time in 13 years – and for just the second time in a full works capacity since 1992 and the end of their first spell at McLaren.

Every hour on the dyno, every failure, working to be better, working around the clock around the world.

Worth it. #PoweredByHonda

Lewis Hamilton, whose Mercedes team lost their unbeaten 2019 record to Red Bull amid a difficult race for the world champions in hot Austrian temperatures, passed on his congratulations after the race.

“It’s great for Honda,” said Hamilton after the race. “They’ve gone through some seriously miserable years at McLaren and it just shows that it’s not always just the engine.

“It’s a combination of work, with the manufacturer and team together – working on cooling and packaging and everything.

“They’ve obviously done that in this team. Congratulations to them.”

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Fellow British world champion, and now Sky F1 pundit, Jenson Button, had been the last driver in F1 to win with Honda power, at the 2006 Hungarian GP, for his first career win.

Button’s race engineer during the BAR/Honda era was Toyoharu Tanabe, who now serves as the manufacturer’s F1 technical director and was chosen by Red Bull to represent them alongside race victor Verstappen on the podium on Sunday.

Button tweeted:

Massive congratulations to Honda for their first win in the hybrid era and their first win since we won together back in 2006! Omedetō. What an epic race for @maxverstappen1 👏🏽hasn’t put a foot wrong all year and probably put in the drive of his career yesterday which is saying a lot!! #Repost @hondaracingf1 ・・・ Our first win with @redbullracing, at the @redbullring… It doesn't get much sweeter than that 👌🏻Thank you Austria, you've been unreal 🇦🇹 – #PoweredByHonda – 📸 @andyhone – #Honda #ToroRosso #RedBull #F1 #Motorsport #AustrianGP

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So proud of this man, Tanabe san used to be my engine engineer 15 years ago! Great to see him leading the charge with Honda 👏🏽

The 2009 champion, who remains a Honda ambassador and continues to race for the company in Super GT, was at McLaren when the Japanese manufacturer first returned to F1 in 2015.

However, the reuniting of the team-engine partnership that dominated the late 1980s failed to live up to expectations, with unreliability and performance troubles ultimately leading to a split, with Honda heading for the Red Bull teams.

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