Connect with us

2018 F1

McLaren’s Honda decision ‘hasty’ – Villadelprat

Published

on

  • 2
    Shares

Former F1 engineer Joan Villadelprat wonders if McLaren was right to have dumped Honda.

Already last week, when Honda’s new works partner Toro Rosso topped the mileage charts in Barcelona, driver Brendon Hartley said McLaren’s decision may have been a “mistake”.

And now, Spanish former F1 engineer Villadelprat also doubts the wisdom of McLaren’s Honda axe.

“I already had reservations last year and I still do,” he told Marca.

“I thought it was a hasty change and that they would miss all the advantages. As a customer you always have limitations, especially it seems when you are with Renault.

“I think French pride will drive them to very much want to beat them (McLaren),” said Villadelprat, who worked for McLaren, Ferrari, Benetton and Prost.

He continued: “I think the McLaren is a very developed car aerodynamically, but as the year progresses, Renault will move ahead.

“They are not investing all of that money from Paris without their own ambitions.”

Villadelprat said all McLaren and Fernando Alonso can realistically hope for, therefore, is fourth place behind F1’s existing top three teams.

“I do not doubt that Fernando will do podiums, but further than that I think will be very difficult,” he added.

And he thinks that with a more reliable and powerful Honda engine, Toro Rosso could be a surprise of 2018.

“I do not rule out that they will be together with Renault and McLaren. I know very well that they fit perfectly with Honda and they want the project to work, as does Red Bull.

“I’m sure they (Red Bull) will take that engine in 2019 and will help in every way to develop it. Honda’s potential is enormous if someone helps them to channel it,” Villadelprat added.

Loading...

Comments

Latest Results

Latest F1 News

2019 F112 hours ago

McLaren cannot win unless F1 changes – Seidl

2SharesAndreas Seidl says McLaren cannot return to title-winning form unless Formula 1 changes. The German, who arrives from Porsche’s Le...

2019 F113 hours ago

Alonso says F1 still not attractive enough

2SharesFernando Alonso has played down speculation that he is pushing for a return to Formula 1. The Spaniard, who quit...

2019 F11 day ago

Alfa Romeo confirms designer Resta’s exit

2SharesThe path is clear for Simone Resta to return to Ferrari as chief designer. Alfa Romeo has now confirmed Resta’s...

2019 F11 day ago

Vettel should be Leclerc’s number 2 – Baldisserri

2SharesFerrari should consider making Sebastian Vettel the ‘number 2’ driver behind Charles Leclerc. That is the view of former highly-experienced...

2019 F11 day ago

McLaren denies Renault-only party mode

2SharesMcLaren boss Andreas Seidl has denied that Renault’s works team has a “party mode” setting that is not available to...

2019 F12 days ago

Bottas must work harder to beat Hamilton – Rosberg

2SharesThe “only way” Valtteri Bottas can beat Lewis Hamilton is for the Finn to work harder. That is the view...

2019 F12 days ago

Plans for 2021 cars finally emerge

2SharesDetailed information about the highly anticipated and delayed technical regulations for 2021 has finally emerged. The teams have already agreed...

2019 F12 days ago

Bottas says he deserves to stay at Mercedes

2SharesValtteri Bottas says he wants to remain Lewis Hamilton’s teammate in 2020. Earlier, the Finn’s chances of a new deal...

2019 F13 days ago

Hamilton steps back from claims of racism

2SharesLewis Hamilton has distanced himself from suggestions that the British media has an attitude with “racist undertones” about Lewis Hamilton....

2019 F13 days ago

Gasly ‘perfect’ at Silverstone – Horner

2SharesPierre Gasly thinks he has put his F1 career back on track. After Austria, Red Bull’s Dr Helmut Marko said...

Most Popular

ThisisF1.com is not affiliated with Formula 1, Formula One Management, Formula One Administration, Formula One Licensing BV, Formula One World Championship Ltd or any other organization or entity associated with the official Formula One governing organizations or their shareholders. Copyrighted material used under Fair Use/Fair Comment.

References
We could use the following leading F1 news sources for stories: SkyF1, BBC F1, Autosport, ESPN F1, FIA Media Center, MotorSport, JamesAllen and others leading authors blog.

All Rights Reserved © 2017 Prime Sport Media