F1 » Honda confident of matching Mercedes on F1 return

Honda motorsport chief Yasuhisa Arai says he is confident the engine manufacturer will match Mercedes when it returns to F1 next season

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September 02, 2014 10:36 AM

I guess they have no chance of getting Vettel Alonso if the engine is going to suffer the same issues Ferrari & Renault have had.

I know Honda had great success during the last turbo era but their last attempt at an F1 engine was pretty hopeless.


September 02, 2014 10:36 AM

at the moment, mclaren are fighting no budget force india to avoid being the worst of the merc powered teams, williams who have the appearance of a one car team, using the same engine are comfortably better. ferrari (weak chassis and weak engine) and red bull (perhaps the weakest engine) are comfortably ahead. honda may produce a monster engine but if the chassis (mclarens department) is sub standard, with no other honda powered team as reference all the talking up from mclaren and honda may be just that, talk. who knows how it will turn out.


September 02, 2014 12:02 PM

albertswift: Honda's last attempt at an F1 engine was pretty hopeless ? On what data is that assumption based ?

Honda's V8 was very poor, ask Jenson & rubens as when they switched to Merc's for 2009 they both said the engine was much better, more powerfull and better power curve compared to the Honda and was better in everyway, the Honda V8 was weak right from the off in 2006 and they never caught up although that may be due to the engine freeze they came in after Brazil 06.

There V10 pre 2006 was very good though, Honda seem to start slow with engines and then build them up to the best, problem with that is F1 now has this stupid engine freeze rules which means if u start slow, you stay slow....


September 02, 2014 12:07 PM

I can't see the engine being competitive for at least 2-3 seasons ... longer if it's limited to being in the back of a McLaren.

The stories coming out of Japan are alot like those we heard about Renault at this time last year, & look how that turned out.


September 02, 2014 12:19 PM

The engine may be fine but Mclaren can't produce a decent chassis and I would'nt be surprised if Red Bull took over the programme after Honda have realised their mistake after the first season. Honda and Mclaren have a very good history but that is all it is, the past, Mclaren are struggling to match teams with far less resources than them, I think Honda have let nostalgia get in the way of a rational decision.

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