Honda motorsport boss, Masashi Yamamoto, went a mile to effectively say; McLaren is a large company and it can difficult to move quickly in large companies.
“Working with McLaren, I’ve realized that they are a very big company which is very systematic,” said Yamamoto.
“It’s obviously very strong because of that but at the same time they can find it hard to adapt to change.
“Compare that to Toro Rosso, it is a company that is growing. It is very important for us to work in partnership together, heading towards the same goal.
“So for us we are very much looking forward to being able to work closer.
“Take this for an example: If we compare both teams with different cuisines, let’s say McLaren is a very sophisticated French cuisine, that’s the way it is.
“Then Toro Rosso is more like a countryside, homemade, delicious stew where you can add new ingredients. We’re excited to do that.”
The press release offered by Honda to announce their departure from McLaren and arrival at Toro Rosso thanked the FIA and F1 management for making it possible. The point here is that they orchestrated Honda staying in F1 which is huge for the FIA and F1.
Honda wants to be in F1 and perhaps a smaller, nimbler team like Toro Rosso might suit them? The fact is, James Key knows how to build a chassis and if Honda can get on song with their engine, this could be the little team that could.
“First, [Toro Rosso team principal] Mr. Tost knows a lot about Japan. He understands the culture and it’s a good communication that we have,” Yamamoto says. “We have seen that they also have a young factory and are growing, which for Honda is very important because we can work with the same mentality and have the same approach. It is a new start with a team with a similar mindset to move forwards together.”
“Toro Rosso and Honda will start working together immediately and for the coming years. However, before that we have the rest of the 2017 season to complete with McLaren, so a good communication between us is still very important, as well as a good performance in the remaining races.”
The entire Red Bull Racing (RBR) program from the main team through Toro Rosso (STR) is a bit of a question mark at the moment in my opinion. Rumors of Aston Martin coming to RBR or Porsche buying RBR are all making the rounds. The withdrawal from F1 by the Red Bull empire is a serious rumor getting a lot of traction these days. I think the next three years will/could bring a lot of change to the paddock. Will Honda and STR still be there?
Hat Tip: Honda Racing