The Toro Rosso driver has given Honda some real perspective amidst more fluffing from the Japanese engine manufacturer.
Honda haven’t even been able to resurrect McLaren from their 2014 Mercedes-powered form, and whilst Honda Chief Yusuke Hasegawa plays at half-full, Carlos Sainz sums it all up. The young Spaniard was quizzed on the challenge posed by McLaren and said that although Honda is making steps forward, they are just about getting close to Toro Rosso’s 1-year old Ferrari power unit.
Good shot Carlos, I think it hit them in their gainsaying glands. Honda are on the verge of surpassing Ferrari! Last year’s power unit anyway…
Alonso and Button should be receiving some sort of patience award for another season below-par with Honda power in the back of the MP4-31. If that patience is to be tested, Honda need to do some more stalling, and that’s exactly what they’re doing.
Hasegawa has announced that engine tokens will only be spent on hybrid engine updates in “4 or 5 races” time. Hasegawa assures McLaren fans that positive updates are coming, but they are refraining from spending their 10 remaining tokens quickly.
Does this mean that Mclaren’s season is doomed to finish below 6th in the constructors? It’s going to be a scrap between them, Toro Rosso and Haas until the end of the season. Only 13 points cover the three teams from 6th to 8th.
2016 Constructor Standings after British GP https://t.co/nAwp2rmBGD
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Hasegawa remains unrealistically positive though, he said,
“We still keep trying our efforts to improving our engine, the ICE area. We have seen some good numbers, we just need to prepare.
We definitely have some gain from the power unit. We didn’t do any back to back tests so I can’t tell and the driver didn’t feel a big difference but it contributed to the car performance so it was good.”
– Yusuke Hasegawa
The Hungaroring should be a good track for McLaren, but Toro Rosso have built a decent chassis too and have Ferrari power in their cars. Even if McLaren do finish 6th overall, their fall from grace is yet to be matched by any real resurgence.