Verstappen samples Honda's first F1 winner

Max Verstappen got a first taste of vintage Formula 1 machinery ahead of the Japanese Grand Prix when he tried out Honda’s first race-winning car.

Max Verstappen, Honda RA272 with Takuma Sato

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Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing RB8, Takuma Sato, Honda RA272

Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing RB8, Takuma Sato, Honda RA272
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Max Verstappen, Honda RA272 with Takuma Sato

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Max Verstappen, Honda RA272 with Takuma Sato

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Max Verstappen, Honda RA272

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Max Verstappen, Honda RA272 with Takuma Sato

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Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing RB8, Takuma Sato, Honda RA272

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Max Verstappen, Honda RA272

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During a special event at Honda's R&D test facility at Tochigi, Verstappen tested an RA272 that American Richie Ginther famously delivered the Japanese car manufacturer's first F1 victory with in the 1965 Mexican Grand Prix.

It was the first time that Verstappen has driven older F1 machinery, and he confessed to not feeling as comfortable in it as modern grand prix cars.

"It was very cool to get to experience this car," said the Dutchman. "I think the oldest race car I've driven before today was from about 2008. It's quite different, but I really enjoyed it.

"The pure emotion from the engine and the car itself was incredible. I didn't even fit properly in the car! But it was an amazing experience for sure."

He added: "I'm very happy that I was born a bit later [than to have raced this car], but of course I'm really grateful to be able to experience it. I don't think I would race it myself, and if you look back 50 years the evolution is insane. But it is good fun to go back to these cars."

After trying out the RA272 , Verstappen later put in a demonstration run on the banking at Tochigi in a 2011 RB7, while former grand prix driver and Indy 500 winner Takuma Sato drove the old Honda car.

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