Manufacturers: all the gear, no idea?

Manufacturers: all the gear, no idea?

The lesson learned from history is a grim one: few car manufacturers have become title-winning F1 constructors. Andrew Benson finds out why in an investigation for AUTOSPORT's sister magazine F1 Racing

Toyota, Honda, BMW and Ford. Hugely successful car manufacturers who have all tried and failed to win Formula 1's big prize, the world championship.

But why? It's certainly not about money. Toyota's budget when it competed from 2002-09 was in the region of £420 million, the biggest in the sport's history. The result? Not one race win. All the others between them can muster only two victories in a collective total of 12 seasons of racing.

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