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Honda F1 launch video // The Brackley squad reveal their 2008 racer

Published by Mr. C

Back in November, we pointed out that although Honda Racing have a dedicated YouTube channel, it usually lags woefully behind their own Honda Racing TV efforts. This week is no exception, as YouTube is still devoid of any RA108 launch goodness despite clips being available since midday yesterday.

Don't get me wrong, as nice as their own website may be, and as keen as they are to have people watch videos on there, the viewing experience isn't as good as it could be. For example, while the playback quality should be commended, it's impossible to rewind / scrub forward, there's no fullscreen option, and we have no way of linking directly to an individual show from here. Oh, and don't even think about sharing the video with anyone else either.

If Bernie ever gets around to putting F1 races online, I swear he'll base his business model around Honda's video player.

Regardless, yesterday's launch videos happen to be worth a cursory glance, so instead we'll rely on the handywork of PunkStar5150, who has managed to find the "upload" button and get them onto YouTube.

The first of the two videos answers the most important question about last weeks test:

If you ask me, the poor speed was more to do with Ross Brawn and his 'sandbagging' tactics, but who am I to argue?

The second video covers the subject of why the car was late arriving to the track this year, as well as further discussion regarding last weeks test:

So there you have it, despite the company's best heel dragging efforts, two videos available to share.

Personally I think they're the best launch clips any team has produced so far this year, but please let us know your thoughts in the usual places.




  • Bernie will never put any races online, he does not know what online means ...

  • Hi guys, I have more links to share on Honda:

    Part 1 - www.youtube.com/w…tch?v=NHC8C7NdUJI

    Part 2 - www.youtube.com/w…tch?v=SjGZ5IsEuW8

    The guy who uploaded these has a lot more cool F1 videos (uploaded almost daily!) on his channel. :)

  • I have more links to share on Honda

    is that mr. david croft, i see moonlighting there?

  • Eh, err, nope. Hehehe. Nice line though. :)

  • "If Bernie ever gets around to putting F1 races online, I swear he’ll base his business model around Honda’s video player."

    Me,

    I wish he would: I'd happily pay for online access to races, and I'd pay a healthy fee if I could see them without the pesky, hated adverts. I'm so sick of being taken away from watching an absorbing battle, to be told about the advantages of some darn widget or other.

    brendan

  • Nice videos. But, to be honest, they were only as good as BMW, and better than say Aguri and Toyota. Not really the best is it...

  • But, to be honest, they were only as good as BMW

    i thought they were a bit better to be honest. the only ones with a presenter for starters.

  • Good point. But, Honda's releases never seem to be a scratch on ferrari, renult or McLaren... I don't know why, they should really make more of an effort...

  • When did Ferrari make an effort? All I saw was a car being revealed and some photos being given out.

    The media were dictated to. Not the kind of launch I'd encourage.

  • I must admit I didn't see this years Ferrari launch. But usually, they are good affairs. If it was really that bad, then this could just have been a bad year for it..

  • It's fair to say that nothing has lived up to McLaren's extravaganza last year, but some teams have been better than others this time round, and I wouldn't put Honda at the bottom of that list.

  • No, I'd put Toyota at the bottom of the list, I saw the Toyota Launch (Or at least Videos of it) and too me it just seemed like a load of fat pit guys put on a suit and wheeled out the car, said "Take a picture" And then wheeled it back....

  • it just seemed like a load of fat pit guys put on a suit and wheeled out the car, said “Take a picture” And then wheeled it back...

    to toyota's credit the car was exposed on a pedestal and spun round with no media restrictions, unlike both macca and the red boys.

  • True, as before I didn't see the Ferrari launch. But, then again, this is Ferrari's 'Secretive policy' again. They don't really want people looking at the car, and use the launch to inspire personnel...

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