• The three-generation Honda Formula One cars, 2006 Honda RA106 (L), 1988 McLaren Honda MP4/4 (C) and 1965 Honda RA272 (R), are on display in front of Honda headquarters after the press conference in Tokyo on May 16, 2013. Japanese automaker Honda said it will return to Formula One in 2015 as an engine supplier to British team McLaren in a bid to revive their championship-winning partnership. AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURATOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/Getty Images
  • Honda's past Fomula One cars are displayed in front of the Honda Motor Co. headquarters in Tokyo after its President Takanobu Ito held a press conference Thursday, May 16, 2013. Ito announced that Japanese automaker Honda is returning to Formula One in 2015 as an engine supplier to McLaren, recreating a partnership that was dominant in the 1980s and 1990s. Ito reversed the decision made in 2008 to pull out of the expensive sport due to the effects of the global financial crisis. The cars, are from left, Honda RA106 driven by Britain's Jenson Button, McLaren Honda MP 4/4 by the late Brazilian driver Ayrton Senna and Honda RA272 which won the team's first F1 Grand Prix. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
  • The three-generation Honda Formula One cars, (front to rear) 2006 Honda RA106, 1988 McLaren Honda MP4/4 and 1965 Honda RA272, are on display in front of Honda headquarters after the press conference in Tokyo on May 16, 2013. Japanese automaker Honda said it will return to Formula One in 2015 as an engine supplier to British team McLaren in a bid to revive their championship-winning partnership. AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURATOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/Getty Images
  • The three-generation Honda Formula One cars, 1965 Honda RA272 (L), 1988 McLaren Honda MP4/4 (C) and 2006 Honda RA106 (R), are on display in front of Honda headquarters after the press conference in Tokyo on May 16, 2013. Japanese automaker Honda said it will return to Formula One in 2015 as an engine supplier to British team McLaren in a bid to revive their championship-winning partnership. AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURATOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/Getty Images
  • The three-generation Honda Formula One cars, (front to rear)1965 Honda RA272, 1988 McLaren Honda MP4/4 and 2006 Honda RA106, are on display in front of Honda headquarters after the press conference in Tokyo on May 16, 2013. Japanese automaker Honda said it will return to Formula One in 2015 as an engine supplier to British team McLaren in a bid to revive their championship-winning partnership. AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURATOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/Getty Images
  • McLaren Honda MP 4/4 car which was steered by the late Brazilian Formula One driver Ayrton Senna is removed after being displayed in front of the Honda Motor Co. headquarters in Tokyo Thursday, May 16, 2013. Japanese automaker Honda is returning to Formula One in 2015 as an engine supplier to McLaren, recreating a partnership that was dominant in the 1980s and 1990s. Honda President Takanobu Ito announced the decision at a news conference on Thursday, reversing the decision made in 2008 to pull out of the expensive sport due to the effects of the global financial crisis. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
  • McLaren Honda MP 4/4 car which was steered by the late Brazilian Formula One driver Ayrton Senna is removed after being displayed in front of the Honda Motor Co. headquarters in Tokyo Thursday, May 16, 2013. Japanese automaker Honda is returning to Formula One in 2015 as an engine supplier to McLaren, recreating a partnership that was dominant in the 1980s and 1990s. Honda President Takanobu Ito announced the decision at a news conference on Thursday, reversing the decision made in 2008 to pull out of the expensive sport due to the effects of the global financial crisis. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
  • Honda Motor Co. President Takanobu Ito, right, poses with McLaren Group Ltd. CEO Martin Whitmarsh for photographers after their joint press conference in Tokyo, Thursday, May 16, 2013. Japanese automaker Honda is returning to Formula One in 2015 as an engine supplier to McLaren, recreating a partnership that was dominant in the 1980s and 1990s. Ito announced the decision at the press conference, reversing the decision made in 2008 to pull out of the expensive sport due to the effects of the global financial crisis. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
  • Honda Motor Co. President Takanobu Ito speaks during a joint press conference with McLaren Group Ltd. CEO Martin Whitmarsh at the Japanese automaker's headquarters in Tokyo, Thursday, May 16, 2013. Honda is returning to Formula One in 2015 as an engine supplier to McLaren, recreating a partnership that was dominant in the 1980s and 1990s. Ito announced the decision, reversing the decision made in 2008 to pull out of the expensive sport due to the effects of the global financial crisis. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
  • McLaren Group Ltd. CEO Martin Whitmarsh speaks during a joint press conference with Honda Motor Co. President Takanobu Ito in Tokyo, Thursday, May 16, 2013. Japanese automaker Honda is returning to Formula One in 2015 as an engine supplier to McLaren, recreating a partnership that was dominant in the 1980s and 1990s. Ito announced the decision, reversing the decision made in 2008 to pull out of the expensive sport due to the effects of the global financial crisis. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

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