Formula 1

Honda Delighted after Gasly Gives them their Best Finish since F1 Return

1 Mins read
Pierre Gasly gave Honda their best result in F1 since they returned to F1 in 2015
Credit: Mark Thompson/Getty Images

Toyoharu Tanabe was ecstatic to see Pierre Gasly finish fourth in the Bahrain Grand Prix for Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda, the best result for a Honda-powered car since they made their return to Formula 1 ahead of the 2015 season.

Throughout their three years with the McLaren F1 Team, the best results were a trio of fifth places for Fernando Alonso, but in just their second outing with Toro Rosso, Honda has taken a fourth place finish with Gasly, who earned extra praise from Honda’s F1 Technical Director for his performance throughout the weekend at the Bahrain International Circuit.

And although the result wasn’t there for Brendon Hartley, Tanabe was also happy that the New Zealander was able to show good pace in Bahrain, and overall it was a satisfying weekend for Honda in the desert.

“It was a very exciting race and it is satisfying to have seen both our cars perform well to take the chequered flag,” said Tanabe.  “Special congratulations must go to Pierre who drove brilliantly all weekend to finish fourth, to give Honda it’s highest finish since we returned to Formula 1 in 2015.

“Brendon drove very well to fight back from a 10 second penalty, but unfortunately it was enough to drop him out of the points.”

Tanabe was delighted to see the fightback the whole team made in Bahrain after the disappointments they had in the Australian Grand Prix last month, and the first points of the season are just reward for their efforts.

“In the two weeks since our difficulties at the Australian Grand Prix, everyone in the team, at the track and back in the UK and Japan, has worked very hard and this nice result is a well-deserved reward for all our efforts,” said Tanabe.

“We feel we have made some progress, improving our reliability and it is also clear that the aero updates introduced here worked really well. We can enjoy this moment for a few hours, but as from tomorrow, it’s time to focus on the next round in Shanghai.”

12165 posts

About author
Thirty-something motorsport fanatic, covering Formula 1, Formula Renault 2.0 and Formula 3. Feel free to give him a follow on Twitter at @Paul11MSport.
Articles
Related posts
Formula 1

"The timing of the safety car was unfortunate" - Williams' Dave Robson

2 Mins read
Williams scored another points finish after excellent ninth place for George Russell at the Italian Grand Prix. Nicholas Latifi just missed out in eleventh after safety car misfortune.
Formula 1

"In the right place at the right time" - George Russell

2 Mins read
George Russell secured another points finish at the Italian Grand Prix after capitalising on safety car for Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen’s crash to finish ninth. Nicholas Latifi just missed out on the points in eleventh.
Formula 1

"Good we were able to get through it unscathed" - Alpine's Marcin Budkowski

1 Mins read
Alpine Team Principal Marcin Budkowski is glad both Alonso and Ocon got through the Italian Grand Prix unscathed as the team record double points finish at Monza.