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F1 Brazilian Grand Prix: Honda confident it can ‘catch up’ over winter

Honda motorsport boss Yasuhisa Arai says the manufacturer has a plan in place to 'catch up' with rivals over the winter period.
Honda F1 boss Yasuhisa Arai says he is confident the manufacturer can make the majority of its much needed strides over the course of the winter before progressing from there.

With just one round of the 2015 F1 season remaining, Honda is once more under pressure to prove it can make significant gains having suffered yet more reliability issues in Brazil, while performance deficits prevented both Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso once again failed to progress beyond the first stage of qualifying.

Despite this, Button and Alonso maintain they are confident Honda can make the necessary improvements to the engine over the winter period, having been restricted to what it can change in 2015.

It is a view shared by Arai, who says Honda has a plan in place that will see it 'catch up' other teams when racing gets underway again in 2016

“The team knows where the strong points are and where the weak points are,” he said. “So we will improve the weak points and catch up with the other teams. Maybe after that we get stronger and more competitive. The concept is already one we have shared, discussed and confirmed.”

Reflecting on the Brazilian Grand Prix, though Button and Alonso could only manage 14th and 15th place finishes, Arai says Button was positive about the cra.

“Very positive comments we got,” he said. “He said it is a very positive impression, but we still need more set-up time. Not only the power side but also the chassis side - the suspension, the front rake, everything - we need more time.”


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theoldgitspeaks

November 18, 2015 9:23 AM

It takes a huge leap of faith to believe that they can come out next season and be competitive. This season must have been a huge eye opener for them and the fact that they were not only totally uncompetitive but unreliable as well means that they are still miles away from being in a good position. I would think they will have what will amount to a totally new powerplant next season and for it to be competitive from the start will mean a near miracle will have to happen, and if it is not and is unreliable as well another season will go by. We should not be surprised by this, Ross Brawn and others who know FI have said it takes five years to get to the front and that assumes that you are doing everything correctly, Ferrari did, RedBull and Mercedes did, it just doesn't happen very often that somebody gets it right from the word go so I'm not holding out much hope and of course the others aren't sitting about hoping they catch up.



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