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Posted on Sunday, April 30, 2017

Sauber to use Honda engines from 2018

Sauber F1 Team confirms, ahead of the Russian Grand Prix, a deal with Honda as its new technological partner from 2018. This extensive strategic and technological realignment creates a new basis for the Swiss team, who will now drop its long-term partnership with Ferrari.  The new partnership will certainly unveil future opportunities for the Sauber F1 Team and Honda, and constitutes a cornerstone for the team's F1 future. “It is a great honor for the Sauber F1 Team to be able to work together with Honda in […]

Posted on Saturday, May 14, 2016

Honda not yet ready to supply second team

Honda chief Yusuke Hasegawa says the manufacturer is not yet in a position to supply a second team with power units. Honda returned to Formula 1 as a partner to McLaren in 2015, but has not yet branched out to supply another squad on the grid. Hasegawa says Honda is “preparing” to increase its resources but is not in a position to expand as early as 2017. “As a matter of fact, we don’t have concrete negotiations, although we have some conversations with some teams, […]

Posted on Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Button: Results don't reflect McLaren work

Jenson Button has played down McLaren's prospects of a strong result in Spain this weekend but is adamant that the outfit is working tirelessly to move up the grid. Button scored his first point of the season in Russia as team-mate Fernando Alonso took sixth, but the Briton is more downbeat over McLaren's chances of repeating such a result at Formula 1's traditional test venue. "The Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya is not a circuit that would traditionally suit us, since it’s fairly hard on both the […]

Posted on Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Alonso gets new power unit for Bahrain

Honda has confirmed that Fernando Alonso will receive a new power unit for this weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix, following his sizeable accident at the season-opening race in Australia. Alonso struck Haas' Esteban Gutierrez at Turn 3 and was pitched into a roll across the gravel, with his McLaren suffering substantial damage. Honda had been optimistic of being able to salvage some parts but the manufacturer has now confirmed that Alonso's MP4-31 will be fitted with a brand new unit this weekend. "We have recovered the […]

Posted on Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Arai to be replaced as Honda F1 boss

Yasuhisa Arai will step down from his role as Honda's Formula 1 boss next week, having been moved to a different role within the Japanese corporation. Arai has been Honda's motorsport boss since the manufacturer returned to Formula 1 as engine supplier to McLaren, though the partnership endured a troublesome 2015 and placed only ninth in the standings. Effective March 1, Arai will be replaced by Yusuke Hasegawa while a new role has been created to oversee the entire project, with Honda confirming Yoshiyuki Matsumoto […]

Posted on Monday, December 21, 2015

Extra year would not have helped Honda

Honda chief Yasuhisa Arai says delaying its return to Formula 1 by a season would not have prevented it from enduring a difficult first year back in action. Honda reunited with McLaren prior to the start of the 2015 campaign but endured a difficult year, placing ninth in the standings amid a lack of pace and reliability. Arai says that Honda regarded 2015 as a learning year and it would have suffered the same setbacks had it deferred its return. "If we waited another one […]

Posted on Thursday, December 17, 2015

Dennis praises Alonso's maturity in 2015

McLaren boss Ron Dennis has praised the maturity of Fernando Alonso following McLaren's troubled 2015 campaign, in which it slumped to ninth in the standings. Dennis and Alonso endured an acrimonious relationship in 2007 but put aside differences to reunite in 2015, amid Honda's return as McLaren's power unit supplier. Alonso could muster only 11 points in his first year back with McLaren but was praised by Dennis for his approach. "Fernando is as hard-working as he is talented, be in no doubt of that," […]

Posted on Wednesday, September 2, 2015

McLaren fears 'difficult' Monza weekend

McLaren racing director Eric Boullier says that the high-speed nature of the Monza circuit will lead to a difficult Italian Grand Prix for the team. McLaren's power unit supplier Honda has struggled upon its return to Formula 1 this year and Boullier says that while progress has been made, it will not be visible in Italy this weekend. "Spa was a particularly unflattering race for our package, which disappointingly masked many signs of progress we were hoping to see after the summer break," he explained. […]

Posted on Sunday, August 9, 2015

Arai confident of Honda improvement

Honda chief officer of motorsport Yasuhisa Arai is confident that the manufacturer can make substantial progress across the remainder of 2015, with a new specification power unit set to be introduced. Honda returned to Formula 1 as a supplier to McLaren at the start of the year but the partnership has endured a difficult season amid a lack of performance and reliability, leaving the team ninth in the Constructors' championship with 17 points. Arai is optimistic that Honda will be able to take a step […]

Posted on Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Honda: Alonso engine may need changing

Honda says that Fernando Alonso's power unit was damaged during his collision with Kimi Raikkonen in Austria and may need changing for this weekend's British Grand Prix at Silverstone. Alonso was eliminated from the race at the Red Bull Ring following heavy contact with Ferrari's Raikkonen and Honda says that his power unit was damaged in the accident. Should Honda deem that Alonso's power unit needs changing, the Spaniard could face further grid penalties, having been handed a 25 place drop in Austria. "In Spielberg, […]

Posted on Friday, June 19, 2015

Alonso receives 20 place grid penalty

Fernando Alonso is set for a further struggle at this weekend's Austrian Grand Prix after McLaren added a fifth Internal Combustion Engine [ICE], Turbocharger [TC[ and Motor Generator Unit-Heat [MGU-H] to his MP4-30 in Austria. Formula 1's technical delegate confirmed on Friday morning that McLaren had elected to change the parts on Alonso's car, ahead of the upcoming race at the Red Bull Ring. Drivers are permitted four components of each part of the power unit and receive sanctions if a fifth element is introduced. […]

Posted on Sunday, June 14, 2015

Time for McLaren-Honda to step up

Few doubted that McLaren and Honda would struggle. But after only four points from seven races, it's now time for the partnership to improve.