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Honda jet tech drives first Formula One win in 13 years

Heat-converting engine helps power long-awaited comeback

Red Bull's Max Verstappen celebrates after winning the Formula One Austrian Grand Prix at Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria, on June 30.   © Getty Images/Kyodo

TOKYO -- Honda Motor clinched its first Formula One victory in 13 years at Sunday's Austrian Grand Prix, with technology from its HondaJet aircraft propelling the winning driver in a simultaneous payoff for both long efforts.

Max Verstappen of Red Bull Racing rode to victory in a vehicle with a Honda engine. The car was powered partly by energy conversion methods honed on the business jet, earning Honda its first win out of 89 competitions it has taken part in since returning to F1 racing in 2015.

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