Head of the division of Honda in F1 Yusuke Hasegawa admitted that the manufacturer is a little frightened by the power deficit compared to rivals.
Constantly problems with the engine during the first and second weeks of pre-season testing is not allowed McLaren-Honda to drive the necessary distance and to test new car in full. Besides, the gap to the leaders was nearly three seconds.
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“Of course, we test to understand our level of performance, however, could not compare it with other teams – said Hasegawa in an interview with RACER. – This situation is, frankly, a little scary, and hope for a good result in Melbourne would be too optimistic.
I did not expect that we will face so many different problems, to be honest”.
Hasegawa is confident that a difficult position Honda has been exacerbated by the strong increase of their rivals.
“Our engine has indeed become more powerful, but compared to the rest of the increase was not as significant – continued Hasegawa. – We are disappointed that we can generally fall back.
In the next two weeks we will try to work with the settings of the engine to increase its performance”.
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