Honda Motor Co. has had a glorious history with Formula 1. They've been the engine supplier to numerous world driver champions as well as constructor champions back in the day before exiting the sport in the late 1990s. It was only in 2015 did the Japanese automaker return to Formula 1 to be an engine supplier once more. This year, at their home race, Honda is also set to be the title sponsor for the 2018 Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix – also the 30th Japanese Grand Prix. It will officially be called the 'FIA Formula 1 World Championship Honda Japanese Grand Prix 2018.'
“Honda is very grateful that we will be celebrating the 30th F1 Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka Circuit thanks to the support from many fans through all these years. As the title sponsor of the Honda Japanese Grand Prix 2018, we are preparing a variety of content which will be enjoyed by all F1 fans. Our wish at Honda is to enjoy the most prestigious motorsports race in the world with all of our fans and customers. Please come and join us at Suzuka Circuit!” exclaimed Takahiro Hachigo, president and Representative Director of Honda Motor Co.
Currently, Honda supplies power units for the Toro Rosso team. Beginning in 2019 however, the Japanese manufacturer will be replacing Renault as the new engine supplier for Red Bull Racing. At the same time, Honda will also continue supplying engines to Toro Rosso.
The news of Honda being the title sponsor for this year's Japanese Grand Prix comes along with that of its contract renewal with Formula 1. MobilityLand, the promoter of the Japanese Grand Prix has announced they have renewed the contract for the Japanese GP until 2021 and that the F1 Grand Prix will continue to be held at the Suzuka Circuit.
“Following the announcement of the race renewal, we are excited for the future and hope that the Suzuka Circuit continues to remain a fan’s favourite around the world, whilst continuing to contribute positively toward the prosperity of motor sports in Japan,” said Susumu Yamashita, president of MobilityLand.
The 2018 Japanese Formula 1 Grand Prix will run from October 5 to 7 at the Suzuka Circuit.