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F1 Austrian Grand Prix: Honda ‘not ready’ to introduce ‘qualifying’ engine

Honda admits developing its engine so it can be 'turned up' for qualifying is a key area for improvement, but there is no estimate for introduction
Yusuke Hasegawa says Honda is not yet ready to introduce an engine that it can 'turn up' for qualifying, but insists the firm is working hard to bring McLaren up to speed before the end of the year.

Though McLaren-Honda has made a notable step forward in qualifying this year compared with twelve months ago, Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button have nonetheless lamented not having an engine that can run more power over a single lap in qualifying unlike their main rivals Mercedes, Ferrari and Renault.

Indeed, having flattered to deceive during the European Grand Prix in Baku when neither driver reached Q3 despite featuring inside the top ten throughout free practice, Hasegawa admits harnessing more power in qualifying is a key target but that it is still some races away.

“It is fair to say that we need more power, especially in qualifying, and in Japan we are developing all the time,” he insisted. “We need to wait a little bit of time to introduce that new specification.

“I think still we are struggling to catch up with the Mercedes engine. I can't tell the exact grand prix, but we are trying very hard about that.”



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JuJitsoup

June 22, 2016 10:29 AM
Last Edited 15 days ago

They are still so far behind it's pretty shocking for a giant of the automotive industry. It's as if they just hadn't prepared at all for coming back to F1. The whole thing is a shambles and McLaren must be genuinely kicking themselves because in no way could they have expected to be so far behind after at least three years of engine development by Honda. The whole thing is a mess but I only have sympathy for Button, hope he goes to Williams, and also Alonso, hope he just goes and fishes for a while. Neither of their talents deserve to be wasted ploughing round near the back/mid-field this when others of less ability and/or desire to win sit in better cars. Ron Dennis on the other hand, Kama's a bitch aint it?

oat994

June 22, 2016 2:05 PM

It's not that surprising to see Honda still struggling considering that they refused to hire outside talents to help jump-start their PU development. Instead they opted to develop their own in-house talents.



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