Honda F1 gains in 2017 'something to be proud of'

Outgoing Honda F1 chief Yusuke Hasegawa says the Japanese manufacturer can be proud of its engine development rate during the 2017 Formula 1 season

Honda F1 gains in 2017 'something to be proud of'

Honda opted to change its F1 engine concept over the winter, but ran out of time to be sufficiently prepared for the season.

It suffered a series of failures and in a bid to save its relationship with McLaren, aggressively introduced performance developments at the expense of reliability.

While McLaren decided to switch to Renault engines for 2018, by the end of the year it was able to fight consistently for points with Honda.

"Our performance improvement level is something to be proud of," Hasegawa told Autosport before the news broke that he would leave his role as head of Honda's F1 project at the end of the year to work on road car projects.

"Our competition level was lower than expected so we needed to update more often.

"We needed to sacrifice time checking reliability to get the updates to the track. It was strategic.

"We are confident we can confirm the reliability, This is just a time issue. We prioritised the performance update over checking reliability."

Hasegawa admitted Honda's reliability in 2017 was "not acceptable" and is an area it needs to focus on over the winter.

Honda struggled with correlation in the first half of the season, with reliability progress achieved on the dynos not being replicated on track.

"It's very bad that we have had failures on the track and on the dyno," he said.

"Reliability, we had a clear target, which is we have to be able to complete five races with one engine but we haven't achieved that.

"It's a clear point. We are very disappointed."

shares
comments
Ferrari F2004 to appear at 2018 Autosport International Show
Previous article

Ferrari F2004 to appear at 2018 Autosport International Show

Next article

Felipe Massa a 'remarkable' reference for Williams F1 team in 2017

Felipe Massa a 'remarkable' reference for Williams F1 team in 2017
The pioneering F1 car that preceded Lotus’s terminal decline Plus

The pioneering F1 car that preceded Lotus’s terminal decline

In the hands of Ayrton Senna the actively suspended 99T would be the last F1 race-winning Lotus but, as STUART CODLING reveals, it was a complicated machine that caused more problems than it solved

Formula 1
Feb 5, 2023
How Tyrrell became a racing Rubik’s cube as it faded out of F1 Plus

How Tyrrell became a racing Rubik’s cube as it faded out of F1

Formula 1’s transformation into a global sport meant the gradual extinction for a small team determined to stay true to its low-budget roots. But Tyrrell would eventually be reborn as a world-beating outfit again, explains MAURICE HAMILTON, albeit in different colours…

Formula 1
Feb 4, 2023
Assessing Hamilton's remarkable decade as a Mercedes F1 driver Plus

Assessing Hamilton's remarkable decade as a Mercedes F1 driver

Many doubted Lewis Hamilton’s move from McLaren to Mercedes for the 2013 Formula 1 season. But the journey he’s been on since has taken the Briton to new heights - and to a further six world championship titles

Formula 1
Feb 2, 2023
Why new look Haas is a litmus test for Formula 1’s new era Plus

Why new look Haas is a litmus test for Formula 1’s new era

OPINION: With teams outside the top three having struggled in Formula 1 in recent seasons, the rules changes introduced in 2022 should have more of an impact this season. How well Haas does, as the poster child for the kind of team that F1 wanted to be able to challenge at the front, is crucial

Formula 1
Feb 2, 2023
The Mercedes F1 pressure changes under 10 years of Toto Wolff Plus

The Mercedes F1 pressure changes under 10 years of Toto Wolff

OPINION: Although the central building blocks for Mercedes’ recent, long-lasting Formula 1 success were installed before he joined the team, Toto Wolff has been instrumental in ensuring it maximised its finally-realised potential after years of underachievement. The 10-year anniversary of Wolff joining Mercedes marks the perfect time to assess his work

Formula 1
Feb 1, 2023
The all-French F1 partnership that Ocon and Gasly hope to emulate Plus

The all-French F1 partnership that Ocon and Gasly hope to emulate

Alpine’s signing of Pierre Gasly alongside Esteban Ocon revives memories of a famous all-French line-up, albeit in the red of Ferrari, for BEN EDWARDS. Can the former AlphaTauri man's arrival help the French team on its path back to winning ways in a tribute act to the Prancing Horse's title-winning 1983?

Formula 1
Jan 31, 2023
How do the best races of F1 2022 stack up to 2021? Plus

How do the best races of F1 2022 stack up to 2021?

OPINION: A system to score all the grands prix from the past two seasons produces some interesting results and sets a standard that 2023 should surely exceed

Formula 1
Jan 31, 2023
Who were the fastest drivers in F1 2022? Plus

Who were the fastest drivers in F1 2022?

Who was the fastest driver in 2022? Everyone has an opinion, but what does the stopwatch say? Obviously, differing car performance has an effect on ultimate laptime – but it’s the relative speed of each car/driver package that’s fascinating and enlightening says ALEX KALINAUCKAS

Formula 1
Jan 30, 2023