Honda F1 engine boss Yasuhisa Arai has spoken out candidly today about the awkward position he and Honda find themselves in; culturally he admits that Honda’s way is different from McLaren and F1. He also addresses issues with the McLaren team, which is under pressure from sponsors due to poor results and his own future in the role. The season has been disastrous so far for the McLaren Honda partnership with Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button in the points just twice each, while unreliability has dogged the new power unit. McLaren leads the way on retirements with 9, tied with Lotus. Although Honda was thrown a lifeline by the F1 Strategy Group and the FIA World Council with a mid season rule change allowing new manufacturers a fifth power unit without penalty, Arai admits that the challenge of making a competitive F1 power unit is much harder than they anticipated, “The sport has changed immensely since the McLaren-Honda ‘glory days’,” Arai says. “The current technology is much more sophisticated and it is tough to make a good racing car. We knew it wouldn’t be easy, but perhaps we didn’t imagine that it would be this hard. “I certainly didn’t imagine… Read full this story
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