Jul.30 (GMM) Struggling Honda is preparing to take a significant step forward of up to 50 horse power after the summer break.
Under severe pressure from works partner McLaren, the Japanese marque’s F1 chief Yasuhisa Arai announced in Hungary that a big upgrade is finally coming in time for Spa.
The Spanish sports newspaper Marca reports that the upgrade will involve Honda trading in most or all of its remaining performance ‘tokens’, with a source saying it will amount to about 45 horse power.
McLaren team boss Eric Boullier had said in Hungary: “We still lack 120hp compared to Mercedes. So we need to continue to work under high pressure.”
The Frenchman is also quoted by the Japanese broadcaster NHK: “I hope that Honda is aware of the situation and has a plan to make up for lost time.
“You cannot buy time of course, but you can add resources. So where 450 people is sufficient now for Mercedes, Honda needs 700 so that we can catch up,” said Boullier.
So far, Arai has resisted a lot of the pressure being applied by an increasingly distressed McLaren, which led to rumours the Japanese might be stepped down.
But an insider told Speed Week that Arai in fact retains the backing of Takahiro Hachigo, Honda’s new CEO.
“Arai is a long-time friend of Hachigo and has won the trust of the new CEO,” the source said.
And Arai insisted that Honda made real progress in Hungary, where for the first time in 2015 the troublesome ‘power unit’ was reportedly run at full speed.
“There were no limitations, no restrictions and it worked out,” he is quoted by Brazil’s UOL Esporte.
“Honestly, I am very happy. I want to say thank you to the team and thank you for the support at the factories in Sakura (Japan) and Woking. There are many people working hard and the result can be seen now.”
10/08/2017 Honda wants to pass Renault in 2017 Aug.10 (GMM) Honda is aiming to leave behind the dubious honour of being F1's least powerful engine supplier by the end of the season. Despite swirling speculation about the future of […]
27/04/2017 Honda help ‘better for F1’ – Boullier Apr.27 (GMM) Eric Boullier is making the case that Honda should be given a boost to finally get up to speed in formula one. 2017 is actually the Japanese carmaker's third season since […]
06/08/2015 Honda admits F1 return harder than expected Aug.6 (GMM) Honda has admitted it underestimated the difficulty of its return to formula one this year. While much of the rest of the F1 world heads off for a summer break, McLaren's […]
20/05/2015 Honda denies engineer made ‘no wins’ comments May 20 (GMM) Honda has denied that one of its engineers admitted the Japanese manufacturer is unlikely to power McLaren to race wins either this year or in 2016. An engineer by the name […]
02/08/2017 Honda still pushing to improve 2017 engine Aug.2 (GMM) Amid swirling speculation about the future, Honda is still pushing to improve its 2017 engine. There are claims McLaren and Honda will divorce, but the struggling Japanese […]
15/04/2018 McLaren may have got 2018 goals wrong – Boullier Apr.15 (GMM) McLaren has admitted it could have got its sums wrong as it set goals for 2018. After three abysmal years with Honda, hopes were high as the once-great British team switched […]
16/01/2017 Boullier targets top four for McLaren Jan.16 (GMM) McLaren is not setting its targets too high for 2017. That is the news from Eric Boullier, the works Honda-powered team's boss. Some are saying that, after a two year […]
06/08/2015 Ferrari facing penalties for fifth engine in 2015 Aug.6 (GMM) Mercedes looks set to be the only manufacturer on the grid that will reach the chequered flag this year on the long-life engine rules. So tough has the 'four engines' rule […]