F1 : Can Honda Beat Renault In 2017?

Coming into the 2017 Formula 1 season with the new specifications for the sport, McLaren’s engine partner got it wrong. Terribly wrong.

The script was written in pre-season winter testing and with them breaking down thrice a day, it wasn’t long before McLaren Honda became a popular F1 meme.

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It has taken them a bit over half of the season to sort of turn it around. McLaren Honda, it would appear, are getting their act together with a points finish in Baku with their “spec 3” engine and a double points finish in Budapest.

At the same time that Honda are on the up, Renault have been on the decline. Reliability issues have been a massive source of concern for the works Renault team and their engine partners as evidenced by Renault’s Jolyon Palmer and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen having terrible reliability this season so far.

Now, Honda F1 boss Yusuke Hasegawa believes that Honda can move past Renault in terms of performance by the end of the 2017 season.

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“I can see that on the data. I will not tell you the number, but we are closing the gap”, said Hasegawa talking about Honda’s performance as opposed to that of Renault’s.

“I really want to move ahead of Renault in terms of performance before the end of the season. I think we can keep the same ratio of the increasing of the power but it is difficult to catch up Mercedes or Ferrari.”

After the success of the “Spec 3” engine, Honda are readying the “Spec 4” engine and shall deploy it as soon as the gains have been verified on the dyno.

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– Aditya Bhat.




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