Honda's return to the Formula 1 championship ended ingloriously in 2008 when, after a catastrophic season, the Japanese company announced its retirement by transferring the development facility and drivers Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello to Ross Brawn.
The former Ferrari team manager immediately entrusted the designers Jörg Zander and Loïc Bigois with the task of completing the development of the new BGP 001 based on an original Honda F1 which remained unfinished.
The car was based on a monocoque carbon fiber chassis with honeycomb structure while the engine was a Mercedes-Benz FO108W V8 2.4 32V managed by a seven-speed sequential gearbox and combined with rear wheel drive.
Amid the general amazement, the BGP 001 proved to be extremely competitive enough to win eight races, four of which with a brace, thus guaranteeing the conquest of the constructors and the drivers titles by Jenson Button.
At the end of the season, given the extraordinary result, the team was acquired by Mercedes-Benz which transformed it into its own racing team.
The story of the BGP 001
Highlights of the Australian GP 2009
Highlights of the Malaysian GP 2009
Highlight of the Europe GP 2009
Highlights of Italian GP 2009
Thank you to Valentina Zanola for the cooperation