FIA Formula One World Championship - Round 5 Spanish Grand Prix, 7-9 May 2004
May 4, 2004 Spain
Buoyant after its highly successful San Marino Grand Prix weekend, Lucky Strike B·A·R Honda now heads south to Catalunya in Spain for round five of the 2004 FIA Formula One World Championship. At Imola, Jenson Button completed a hat-trick of podium finishes, seized a sensational pole position, and achieved Lucky Strike B·A·R Honda's best-ever result by finishing second.
Honda has had a motorcycle production facility in Spain since 1986, and currently employs 500 associates across its three departments of automobiles, motorcycles and power equipment. In March 1998 the subsidiary Honda Automóviles España, S.A was established in Barcelona, and Honda began sales operations through a wide dealer network, as well as overseeing logistics, after-service, advertising and public relations functions.
"Following on from 2nd in Imola, I am confident that we should be very competitive in Spain and hopefully even closer to the red cars! We have had very positive tests in Barcelona and the car has shown to be very strong there. The whole team, Honda and Michelin are committed to getting the best results possible. We are pushing hard to maintain our current momentum. "I enjoy racing in Barcelona. The track is a good challenge, with a lot of emphasis on aerodynamic efficiency. Most of the drivers are familiar with the circuit as we test there quite regularly. Although I did not have the greatest of races in Barcelona last year, I am looking forward to an exciting one this year."
David Richards, Team Principal 'What an incredible start to the season! I genuinely didn't expect us to be in this position after just four races and we have no intention of letting this advantage slip through our fingers. In fact, all this success helps create additional benefits, which strengthen our position. We are finding a huge surge of interest commercially and perhaps the most interesting measure of all is that many of the top drivers would now consider B·A·R an attractive proposition for a future race seat.'
- Honda scored its first podium of its third generation in Formula One at the 2001 Spanish Grand Prix when Jacques Villeneuve finished third. - Honda powered Nigel Mansell, Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna to consecutive victories in the Spanish Grand Prix from 1987 to 1989."