Honda points up

"They have a good plan. At the moment there are several things that look promising," says Pierre Gasly about the power unit for the 2021 F1 World Championship.


2021 will not be another year for Honda. The Japanese manufacturer will put, on December 12 in Yas Marina, the end of its fourth career in the Formula 1 World Championship after seven seasons of collaborations with McLaren, Red Bull, Toro Rosso and Alpha Tauri, teams with which it has achieved 23 podiums, nine fastest laps, six wins and three pole positions in the 119 races he has participated to date.

A goodbye to the Big Circus, due to the trends of the automobile industry towards electrification and the international context, which the Tokyo brand wants to be through the front door. The department led by Toyoharu Tanabe and Yasuaki Asaki is working hard at the Sakura factory to increase the power of the engine that will power the cars of Max Verstappen, Sergio Pérez, Pierre Gasly and Yuki Tsunoda without compromising their reliability.

The 2020 Abu Dhabi GP, hope for the F1 World Championship 2021

For the moment, if we take Gasly's statements in 'Formulapassion' as a reference, the objective of fighting Mercedes and breaking its hegemony in the hybrid era is on the right track : "I think they have a good plan. At the moment there are several things that look promising, but I do not want to speak for them. Personally, I am waiting to see what the lap times will be on track before making comments too premature, but at the same time time I know how well Honda is working. I am sure they will not give up before the end of the year, it is not part of their mentality ".

The French rider, who in Monza achieved his first victory after an intense battle with Carlos Sainz that decided on the very finish line, bases his hope on the constant work that the Rising Sun technicians carry out each season to improve any aspect of the Propeller: "Honda will push and give everything until the last race. They are constantly trying to improve the package. In Abu Dhabi, Verstappen got pole ahead of Mercedes, all four Honda-powered cars were in Q3 and this is definitely a good one. starting point. Obviously it would be better to have even more power from the first races of the next championship. "Honda works day and night, without rest, to beat Mercedes

Masashi Yamamoto, general director of Honda F1, does not hide in '' the sadness caused by having to leave the competition now that they have a competitive power unit, although he stands out who still have a year ahead of them to get the long-awaited title that they have been pursuing for more than five years: "It is a real shame that at the end of the year we cannot continue to test ourselves in Formula 1. Anyway, we have to see the side positive. We can also say that we have another year of challenges ahead. We saw in 2020 how high our rivals left the level. We work day and night, without rest, to be able to beat our rivals this year. I believe 100% in the strength of Honda and I know Red Bull and Alpha Tauri are very ambitious. Now that the new year has started, our program is completely over. In 2021, we focus even more on success and we will continue to challenge ourselves. "

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