The head of Motorsport division, Honda Yusuke Hasegawa said that the Japanese manufacturer is loyal to McLaren, despite the unsuccessful beginning of 2017.
Not a single day pre-season tests in Barcelona was not without damage on the power plant Honda, which McLaren ran the least mileage among all teams.
Yesterday in the press there was information on the informal contacts with McLaren Mercedes concerning a potential transaction for the supply of engines.
McLaren has responded to the information on the informal talks with Mercedes
“Of course, the situation in which we find ourselves, this is not what we had hoped, returning to F1. But Honda still 100% devoted to F1 and McLaren, said Hasegawa in the comments AUTOSPORT.com. We believe that the cooperation that believes in him and McLaren. To overcome this difficult situation, it is important for us to work together.
Our first priority? Keep honest communication open and to continue to strengthen the relationship with McLaren, despite all the difficulties. This is not a short-term cooperation for us.”
Yusuke also said that Honda has already taken steps to correct those problems with which the Japanese manufacturer has faced the tests.
In addition, Honda also plans to improve throttle response and increase engine power in anticipation of the first race of the season in Australia.
“It is obvious that the problems we encountered in Barcelona, has significantly limited our time on the track and put us in a difficult situation ahead of the start of the season. However, we, like McLaren, have been able to collect much valuable information.
In addition, we had not so many problems as it might appear on the tests. Already in Barcelona we managed to implement some countermeasures for their prevention, which were effective in the second block of tests.
We can also improve the mapping engine to improve throttle response.
It is worth noting that we continue to Refine the power plant, giving more power.”
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