It’s Taken Honda Half A Season To Reach Its Pre-Season Performance Targets

Honda’s F1 boss Yusuke Hasegawa says the Japanese manufacturer has only just reached the level of engine performance it was hoping to see from the start of pre-season testing.

Yep, it’s taken Honda 11 races and half a season to reach the performance levels it wanted to be running at during winter testing. Which is quite a remarkable achievement.

And not in a good way…

We all know the troubles Honda has had with its V6 Turbo engine, since rekindling its partnership with McLaren at the start of the 2015 season.

It’s not just performance problems, too. A major issue has – of course – been reliability and this has severely hampered development and results for McLaren and Honda.

So, things haven’t been going well at all, even after a major redesign of the power unit for the 2017 season. McLaren currently has 11 points and is ninth in the constructors’ standings.

But, while Honda started pre-season testing well off its own performance targets, Hasegawa did admit the manufacturer has to be “proud” of the fact it has caught up. Although, it’s far too late.

A number of big upgrades have helped Honda close up the rather large gap to rival teams, but it’s still trailing Mercedes, Ferrari and Renault in terms of performance and reliability.

Still, McLaren has had better fortunes in recent races, looking quicker at Silverstone and finishing in the points with both cars in Hungary. But, it’s relationship with McLaren is still very strained.

Honda’s future, then, is unclear, with McLaren being linked to Renault and Mercedes engines, and its Sauber deal falling apart. Here’s hoping things continue to improve…

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