Words by Christopher Kho
 
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Soichiro Honda was once quoted saying: “If Honda does not race, there is no Honda.” And one of their biggest undertaking was Formula 1.
 
It started as early as the 60's where they enjoyed success as a full-fledged team. They then returned in the 80's as an engine supplier for McLaren and won the driver's and constructor's championship from '88 to '92 with Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost. Honda even had a short stint as a constructor a few years ago, until the company pulled the plug in 2008 due to limited success.
 
Sadly, Honda's motorsports program has been dormant for the past few years, which made us wonder wether Honda has lost their way. Well, I'm glad to let everyone know that their dry spell is almost over. That's because Honda Motor Co., Ltd. has just announced their return to the FIA Formula 1 World Championship from the 2015 season onwards as an engine supplier for McLaren once again.
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It’s been only two months since we got word that Filipino-Swiss driver Marlon Stockinger was recruited by the newly-formed Lotus F1 Junior team. That means he'll race under the Lotus F1 team in the 2013 World Series by Renault and be trained to become a future Formula 1 driver. This keeps our hopes up that, one day, we'll see the Philippine flag raised on the Formula 1 grid. Thankfully, we don't have to wait months or years to see Marlon in a Formula 1 car. We don't even have to go very far, because from May 4 to 5, 2013, the Lotus F1 Team will bring Formula 1 to Manila.
 
The aptly named the Manila Speed Show will bring Formula 1 action to our streets, more specifically on the streets at the Quirino Grandstand and SM Mall of Asia (MOA). Although we don't have the complete and final details yet, here's everything you need to know to the ultimate Formula 1 experience in Manila.
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Starting this 2013 season, there'll be a new sticker added to Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa's F138 race car. That's because UPS just signed a multi-year contract to be Scuderia Ferrari's new official logistics and shipping sponsor.
 
As part of the deal, UPS will become fully integrated into Ferrari's daily operations on and off the Formula 1 grid by providing critical delivery and transportation services. In other words, they'll have the full responsibility of shipping all of the team's equipment, tools, and Formula 1 race cars to all 19 races in the 2013 Formula 1 World Championship season.
Published in Motorsports
 
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If you can't make it to Melbourne for the Australian GP, here's the next best thing. Red Rock Travel (RRT), the Philippines' F1 tour authority, is now selling packages for the 2013 Malaysian Formula 1 Grand Prix. Starting as low as US$ 1,089 per person, you can now watch 22 screaming Formula 1 cars bang wheels at the Sepang International Circuit from March 22 to 25.
 
Your US$ 1,089 will get you: a 4 day 3 night hotel stay at the Cititel Express with daily breakfast; roundtrip airfare via Malaysia Airlines, K1 Grandstand tickets, two day round trip transfers, and travel insurance. Not bad right? There are also packages if you want to opt for five-star accommodations. Or maybe you'd want to get a better view of the track and upgrade your race ticket. And since you won't be spending all of your time on track, there's a Kuala Lumpur day tour and Genting tour to keep you busy.
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Now that Sebastian Vettel is the 2012 and youngest ever three-time world champion, it's time to set our eyes on the 2013 Formula 1 season. Valencia might be missing in next year's 19-race calendar, but the action once again begins at the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix staged at the Albert Park Circuit in Melbourne from March 14 to 17, 2013. And Red Rock Travel (RRT), the Philippines' F1 tour authority, is now offering packages for as low as AUS$ 918 per person.
 
The package include 5 days 4 nights accommodations at the Punt Hill Apartments, round trip airport-hotel transfers, and a Myki public transport smart card. Then, just pick the best spot on the grandstand with race tickets beginning at AUS$ 339.
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Words by Niky Tamayo
 
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For the first time in Formula One history, the Caterham F1 team (formerly Team Lotus) came in first... to unveil their 2012 contender, that is. Unfortunately, it doesn’t count towards the season’s point tally and means little for their standings in the championship. Still, the Caterham CT-01 is a good preview of what many F1 cars may shape up to be this season.
 
With new rules imposing a stringent maximum height for the nose and a minimum height for the bodywork behind it, the Caterham’s duck-billed countenance is no surprise. It’s not pretty, but Caterham’s road cars have never been praised for their beauty, anyway. Still, it remains to be seen how competitive this fledgling team will be this year.
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Red Rock Travel (RRT), the Philippines' F1 tour authority, is giving thrill seekers a once-in-a-lifetime chance to take the ultimate taxi ride at the 2012 Malaysian Grand Prix. Ride shotgun behind a modern two-seater Formula 1 car as you whiz around the Sepang Circuit at break-neck speeds. Think you've got what it takes to become a future Formula 1 star? Well, try lasting last three laps in the back seat first.
 
The Malaysian GP F1x2 experience will go out on track for its flying laps from March 30 to 31, 2011 - a week after the Grand Prix. Suit up and put your gear on for a breath-taking three lap taxi ride in a 2001-spec Minardi Formula 1 car, priced at RM 18,000 per person or RM 480,000 for groups of 30.
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Because you'll probably end up drunk if you get to know Johnnie a bit too well, Johnnie Walker created the Join the Pact campaign to remind you of the importance of responsible drinking. And for that reason, two-time Formula 1 World Champion Mika Hakkinen paid a recent visit to the Philippines so you can join him in the pledge to “Never Drink and Drive.”
 
Although the strict health requirements of modern Formula 1 drivers prohibit them from drinking, Hakkinen's duty, along with Vodafone Mclaren Mercedes drivers Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton, is to serve as role models. The Johnnie Walker Responsible Drinking Ambassador was joined by Makati City Mayor Hon. Jejomar “Jun-Jun” Binay Jr.; Representative Irwin Tieng, a principal author of the Anti-Drunk Driving Bill; and MMDA Traffic Discipline Head Yves Gonzales in signing their names as a pledge to this advocacy. This doesn't mean that you can have the Flying Finn as your own and personal designated driver, or anyone listed above for that matter, but for you to start taking responsibility for your own actions by joining the Pact.
Published in Road Safety