F1 Drivers Get New Honda Civic Type Rs For Their Daily Commutes

Ever wonder what F1 drivers drive when they’re not on the track? With 20 drivers currently competing in the championship, there’s no one answer. But there is one for two of those drivers.

Pierre Gasly and Brendon Hartley both recently took delivery of new Honda Civic Type Rs. Not a bad choice, considering that the model holds the record as the fastest front-driver ever to lap the Nürburgring. But based as it is on the Civic, it’s also a civilized and versatile daily driver.

Why Hondas, you ask? Because Gasly and Hartley drive for Scuderia Toro Rosso, and the team gets its engines from… you guessed it: Honda. Gasly also drove for Honda’s Team Mugen in Japan’s Super Formula series last season (where he finished second).

Hartley has relatively less experience racing for the Japanese manufacturer. But we wouldn’t hold that against him, considering that he won both the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the FIA World Endurance Championship last year with Porsche. And the Civic holds a special place in his heart.

“Would you believe it, my first ever road car was a 1996 model year Honda Civic,” said Hartley. “So it’s nice to get the upgrade to the Type R. The only downside is that, with 21 Grands Prix and the really busy F1 schedule away from the track, I won’t get to drive it as much as I’d like.”

“I am very lucky to have a Type R as my daily car,” added Gasly. “I’m excited to try it out on the iconic Route Napoleon in the South of France, and maybe even on a racetrack where I will really be able to push the limit.”

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  • Dr Strangefingger

    Wow, that sure is a whole lot of NEW!

  • Liam Paul

    maybe they can trade them in for a bigboy car

  • StrangerGP

    Why not the NSX’s? Honda would have 2 less to worry about selling.

  • filetx

    poor guys

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Honda do realize they have NSXs, right?

    • Perry F. Bruns

      Given the lack of marketing, I’m not sure.

  • So with this logic in mind, Ricciardo and Verstappen should get an Aston?

  • Honda HSV 10 GT

    Next year Red Bull drivers get NSX.

  • Their relationship is like couple that lives separately and yet adamant that they are still married. I mean look at it, no Renault badging whatsoever and the engine was renamed “TAG Heuer”.

    Aston Martin is their commercial partner, much like Infiniti in old Red Bull, there are persistent rumor that AM can supply F1 engine with rebadged Cosworth units but now Honda is seems to be in favor. But I do wonder if that didn’t clash with AM badging.

  • SteersUright

    I cant deny Im VERY intrigued by the Civic R’s capabilities. But I just cant get past its juvenile appearance!

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