Honda’s Hasegawa: “We were able to confirm certain reliabilities on our power unit”

World © Octane Photographic Ltd. Formula 1 - Australian Grand Prix - Pit Lane. McLaren Honda MCL32. Albert Park Circuit. Friday 24th March 2017. Digital Ref: 1792LB1D0689

Honda Head of F1 Project Yusuke Hasegawa says that despite a difficult weekend at the first round of the season in Australia, the Japanese manufacturer was able to gather some useful data on the Honda power unit, which will hopefully help them to improve the performance of the MCL32 going forward.

“Although the season opener in Australia was a tough race weekend for us, it allowed us to judge our current position on track. There were both positives and negatives to take away.

“We were able to confirm certain reliabilities on our power unit, but we also know that we still have room for improvement when it comes to performance.”

Hasegawa is expecting another challenging weekend for the McLaren Honda Formula 1 Team, as the characteristics of the Shanghai International Circuit really do not play to the strengths of the MCL32 package.

“We expect the Chinese Grand Prix to be even more challenging. The race is always a bit of an unknown due to the changeable weather conditions, which affects the set-up and balance of the car.

“The track itself also places a lot of stress on the power unit with its slow and medium-speed corners, and two very long straights. The key will be preparation and set-up.”

Ensuring reliability in the early part of the race weekend will be essential for allowing drivers Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne to gain valuable track time, in order to achieve the best set up and maximise their potential on race day, and that will be Honda’s focus throughout their time in China.

“Once again we will work together with McLaren to ensure we do our best and extract the most from our package.

“It’s important we gather as much information as possible. It’s a long season and we are looking for progress at every race.”  

  • Godfather

    Sort your f**king engine out. Better yet, hire Cosworth to do it for you

  • Flyingfiddlers

    They want to ensure the engines last at least for the first half of the race…….what sort of a company are Honda… don’t they know the length of a race…was this a surprise for them? What level of incompetence delivers an engine so poor, unreliable and under-powered after 3 years of trying..?
    I have to say… saw a great looking Honda SUV in front of me the other day…..despite the fact that it probably has a brilliant engine and sound engineering etc…. I kept waiting for it to break. Image is quite a lot in the world of car sales…

  • Interested Party

    Just what the hell is the message they want to get out – ‘we fail, but we fail the Japanese way, And after 3 years we don’t really know what to do next. Come and watch us drag our sad arses around for 2017’.
    How about,
    ‘We realised that F1 had moved on so we scoured the industry for world class experts to contribute to our programme. That is how we were so successful so quickly and all of that know how has now been fed back into our company to provide accelerated technical growth’.
    Sounds a bit better.
    For crying out loud Honda you don’t believe that we’re all looking at you and saying, ‘wow, wish I was that good. Must buy one of their road cars. I bet they’re……….mmmmmm’.
    Sort this crap out and manage the situation like an engineering company, not like a bloody cash-strapped, club-mans team.
    (And I want to see you succeed !!)

  • zke007

    A pig with lip stick is still a pig

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  • Marti J Powell BSc

    DEFINATELY get some of the Cosworth guys,
    Can`t believe nobody is using their engines anymore!!

  • McSerb

    Seppuku ? They don`t do that in Japan any more. And they don`t make good engines any more either.

  • Marti J Powell BSc

    Able to CONFIRM reliability issues,
    The Honda PU CAN be RELIED on to,
    be SLOW

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  • McSerb

    LOL, maybe not.