It is a much more settled Honda team that steps into 2007, a team that is taking an aggressive approach to build on the maiden victory that proved to be the highlight of a mixed year in 2006.
The team started last season in turbulent fashion, with reliability and aerodynamics issues leading to a technical reshuffle and technical director Geoff Willis' split with the team. Around the same time the head of aerodynamics, Willem Toet, departed for BMW Sauber.
Willis was replaced by Honda man Shuhei Nakamoto, who was later joined by Jacky Eckelaert from BMW Sauber, and while there are two sides to the argument of why Willis left the team, it was clear the old structure placed too much emphasis on one person. The new approach has seen more people are empowered to make decisions and inject new ideas.