The head of Motorsport division, Honda Yusuke Hasegawa believes that initially the Japanese manufacturer has set a high enough goal for the season-2016.
2015 for McLaren-Honda failed: the team finished the penultimate ninth place in the constructors ‘ championship with 27 points.
Honda has managed to solve problems with the reliability of the engine in 2016, however, the power of the power unit is still losing much of the engines of Mercedes, Ferrari and Renault.
In 2016 McLaren-Honda finished sixth in the team standings, scoring 76 points. However, Hasegawa did not consider this a great success.
“Of course, we set as our goal – said Yusuke in an interview F1i.com. – But honestly, the goal was not high enough. We can say that our goal was not optimistic, while the rest of the team did a great job.
When Yusuke asked whether Honda has made the desired progress in anticipation of the start of the season in 2016, he replied: “If to speak about reliability of the engine, Yes.
But here, we failed. In Barcelona I was thinking that if we can get to race to the finish line, we will have a lot of chances to gain points. But it was not so. That’s why we need to improve the results.”
Nevertheless, Hasegawa also noted that Honda is satisfied with the improving power plant in the course of the campaign.
“We introduced a new turbine in Canada, another update came to Silverstone, and the new engine we got in the Spa. And every time I have watched the progress. I was happy for the team members who were able to experience firsthand the fruits of their work,” said Hasegawa.
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