Honda ‘committed’ to McLaren and F1

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Despite the barrage of criticism being heaped on them
by McLaren, Honda insist they are not giving up on their
Formula 1 project.

Heading into the third season in their partnership, both
McLaren and Honda had hoped to build on last year’s progress.

However, that does not appear to have happened.

The Woking team’s pre-season was blighted by engine failures
leaving McLaren will less laps under the belt than what they
achieved 12 months prior.

It has resulted in a barrage of criticism from McLaren with
Fernando Alonso and Eric Boullier pointing the finger solely at
Honda while reports suggest they have already approached
Mercedes about a possible engine deal.

Despite that Honda insist they are not giving up.

The Japanese manufacturer’s F1 chief Yusuke Hasegawa told “Of course the situation we find ourselves in
is not what we hoped for when we returned to Formula 1, but we
are still 100 percent committed to our future in the sport and
our relationship with McLaren.

“We believe in this partnership, as does McLaren, and in order
to move forward it is important for us to work as one team and
overcome the situation together. 

“The priority is to maintain honest and open communication, and
to continue strengthening all relationships between Honda and
McLaren despite the difficulties we are facing.

“This is not a short-term project for us.”

Hasegawa added that while Honda has implemented fixes to some
issues during testing, more would be done before the
season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

“Obviously the problems we had in Barcelona limited our track
time and put added pressure on our pre-season preparations,
however, we were still able to generate a huge amount of useful
data – as was McLaren.

“Also, we were not dealing with lots of different problems,
despite how it looked from the outside. 

“Already while in Barcelona we were able to introduce some
countermeasures and we proved the effectiveness of these during
test two.

“In terms of performance, there is room for improvement with
mapping before Melbourne in order to have better

“And at the same time we will continue to work on our
development to generate more power from the PU.”

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