Following the first half of the season, Honda F1 Motorsport boss Yasuhisa Arai has admits that – “It has been a really tough start to our F1 return. We have had a lot of issues to contend with, not only during the first few race weekends, but also during pre-season testing.
“Thankfully most of those issues have now been overcome and we can start concentrating on moving forward. We are definitely feeling more positive about the second half of the season.”
Honda made an impressive return to F1 this season in partnership with McLaren, stimulating an iconic partnership that dominated the sport in the late 80’s and early 90’s.
However, the Japanese Automotive gain has struggled for performance and consistency at the start of the season with McLaren.
Now they are planning to start bringing more performance to its engine over the coming races with upgrades at the Belgian Grand Prix and over the following rounds.
“I am confident that our reliability problems are now behind us which means we can turn our attention to increasing power,” Honda boss Yasuhisa Arai said.
“After the summer shutdown our plan is to apply a new spec engine using some of our remaining seven tokens.
“The most important area for us to concentrate on is the combustion. Current regulations require high efficiency of the combustion so we want to change the characteristic with the chamber design and intake and exhaust system layout. Another issue we will be addressing is reducing mechanical friction by changing the gear train system along with the combustion.
“Not all of our upgrades will be in place for the Belgium Grand Prix; some parts will be applied for Spa and the rest during the weeks that follow. Our plan is to keep improving race-by-race for the remainder of the season.”
McLaren-Honda scored its best result of the season at the last race in Hungary and Arai believes it characterize the start of the team’s turn around.
“Hungaroring was a small turning point for us from a technical point of view. Our engineers worked very hard to maximise the power out of the hardware we had at the track, through energy mapping and deployment suited to the track and the driving characteristics of the two drivers.