Honda plans upgrades for next F1 test after tough start for McLaren

Honda will introduce a host of upgrades to its latest Formula 1 engine for the next test at Barcelona to solve the reliability problems that it suffered at Jerez this week

Honda plans upgrades for next F1 test after tough start for McLaren

The Japanese manufacturer faced a spate of niggling issues with its new power unit in F1's first 2015 test, which included sensor problems, oil level issues and a fuel pump failure.

With the reliability dramas limiting Honda's running to 79 laps over four days, it is clear a step forward is needed ahead of the next test which begins on February 19.

ANALYSIS: Ten things we learned from Jerez test

Honda's motorsport chief Yasuhisa Arai has no doubts that the difficulties it has faced this week will be sorted so that its Barcelona-spec engine will run better.

"There are many difficulties that we had this week, but we will fix it before the next Barcelona test and get back to work again," he told AUTOSPORT.

"The new engine will be a step up, because we are taking things step-by-step. Some parts will be final [race] parts, but not all.

"There are several testing parts still, and we will take final confirmation on those just before Melbourne."

Arai said that he had still total faith that Honda and McLaren would be able to perform strongly this season, and said he was encouraged that the Jerez dramas were not caused by any major design fault.

"There was no major big trouble," he said. "Our package is very tight and skinny, but some points have been validated.

"It is a tight package, but we had no big trouble with it."

shares
comments
Jerez F1 test: Daniil Kvyat sure Red Bull-Renault will fix problems
Previous article

Jerez F1 test: Daniil Kvyat sure Red Bull-Renault will fix problems

Next article

Strategy Group rejects Marussia request to run 2014 F1 car

Strategy Group rejects Marussia request to run 2014 F1 car
Load comments
The “glorified taxi” driver central to F1’s continued safety push Plus

The “glorified taxi” driver central to F1’s continued safety push

As the driver of Formula 1’s medical car, Alan van der Merwe’s job is to wait – and hope his skills aren’t needed. JAMES NEWBOLD hears from F1’s lesser-known stalwarts

When BMW added F1 'rocket fuel' to ignite Brabham's 1983 title push Plus

When BMW added F1 'rocket fuel' to ignite Brabham's 1983 title push

There was an ace up the sleeve during the 1983 F1 title-winning season of Nelson Piquet and Brabham. It made a frontrunning car invincible for the last three races to see off Renault's Alain Prost and secure the combination's second world title in three years

Formula 1
Jan 13, 2022
How “abysmal” reliability blunted Brabham’s first winner Plus

How “abysmal” reliability blunted Brabham’s first winner

Brabham’s first world championship race-winning car was held back by unreliable Climax engines – or so its creators believed, as STUART CODLING explains

Formula 1
Jan 10, 2022
The steps Norris took to reach a new level in F1 2021 Plus

The steps Norris took to reach a new level in F1 2021

Lando Norris came of age as a grand prix driver in 2021. McLaren’s young ace is no longer an apprentice or a quietly capable number two – he’s proved himself a potential winner in the top flight and, as STUART CODLING finds out, he’s ready to stake his claim to greatness…

Formula 1
Jan 9, 2022
The original F1 maestro who set the bar for Schumacher and Hamilton Plus

The original F1 maestro who set the bar for Schumacher and Hamilton

Juan Manuel Fangio, peerless on track and charming off it, established the gold standard of grand prix greatness. NIGEL ROEBUCK recalls a remarkable champion

Formula 1
Jan 8, 2022
How Russell sees his place in the Mercedes-Hamilton F1 superteam Plus

How Russell sees his place in the Mercedes-Hamilton F1 superteam

George Russell joining Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes this year gives it arguably the best line-up in Formula 1 – if it can avoid too many fireworks. After serving his apprenticeship at Williams, Russell is the man that Mercedes team believes can lead it in the post-Hamilton era, but how will he fare against the seven-time champion? Autosport heard from the man himself

Formula 1
Jan 6, 2022
How F1 pulled off its second pandemic season and its 2022 implications Plus

How F1 pulled off its second pandemic season and its 2022 implications

OPINION: The Formula 1 season just gone was the second to be completed under the dreaded shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic, but in many ways it was much more ‘normal’ than 2020. Here’s the story of how the championship’s various organisers delivered a second challenging campaign, which offers a glimpse at what may be different next time around

Formula 1
Jan 5, 2022
The adapt or die mentality that will shape F1's future Plus

The adapt or die mentality that will shape F1's future

As attitudes towards the motor car and what powers it change, Formula 1 must adapt its offering. MARK GALLAGHER ponders the end of fossil fuels

Formula 1
Jan 3, 2022