If you were hoping that Honda would re-enter Formula 1 as an engine supplier and really change the game with an out-of-the-box competitive package, you might be a little disheartened by today’s news from AUTOSPORT.

Yasuhisa Arai, chief officer of motorsport at Honda R&D, said that the first test at Yas Marina in Abu Dhabi has gone very slow and they have experienced teething pains just like Renualt, Ferrari and Mercedes did when they launched their new hybrid power units a year ago.

McLaren test driver, Stoffel Vandoorne, completed three un-timed laps before parking the car. The team said they experienced a fuel/data exchange issue that stranded the car on track. The good news is that this specification is far from what will hit the track in 2015 so fingers crossed. Arai said:

“This week’s test is really all about performing some fundamental systems checks on the engine before we begin testing in earnest next February,” he said.

“When I was at Jerez earlier this year, I noticed just how many issues the teams faced in readying these turbo engines, so we really wanted to get those initial checks under our belts before winter testing starts in 2015.”

Arai says that they are making good progress and there are a few more steps coming before Australia in 2015. What I am keen to see if how McLaren can work with Honda to prevent any major teething issues having spent a year needing and tweaking their Mercedes power unit through several software iterations, fuel-flow systems and more.

I can’t help but think that McLaren learned a lot during this year and Honda as well, working with the Mercedes lump. Wonder how that might play into reliability etc in 2015?

Hat Tip: AUTOSPORT

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Tom Firth
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Is it wrong that I’m more annoyed we didn’t get more of Vandoorne on track, than I am of Honda’s engine having teething issues.

Tom Firth
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Got three laps (Sort of) , it’s more than Red Bull could manage back in Bahrain test.

mini696
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mini696

If that is the case it’s McLarens world championship confirmed.

jeff
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Anyone have links/site to testing a la BBC live commentary? Or a forum discussing observations?

I’ve never found a reliable, informative source.

tfirth392
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tfirth392

Excuse if I type this wrong, it’s 4am and I haven’t slept, not a lot of coverage really, very very little, just team twitter feeds and drivers , Autosport haven’t got live text commentary, I’ve seen a run down of times at Crash.net and at sky but not seen much besides that.

Worth following Marciello, stoffel vandoorne, Alex Lynn and Carlos Sainz Jr on twitter, o and esteban Ocon too, because all five at some point in this test have had mileage, so might get bits from them.

PM
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PM

Has anyone heard anything about how these engines sound or have a video of testing? Vandoorne said he liked the noise of the Honda pu

jeff
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Video of the Honda @ Silverstone Shakedown:

Note: Don’t compare the FOM race broadcasts with this video. For some reason, the official F1 feed sounds far worse than live or even cell phone mic’s. This MP4-29H vid is more representative of all the Power Units, although at first blush (IMO) there is something different in the secondary tones/harmonics,a warbling that’s distinct from Merc/Renault/Ferrari.

I’d like to see Abu Dhabi testing footage, with the Honda hopefully being rung out, so if anyone has that, please share.

jeff
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jeff

MP4-29H leaving the garage:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NGa_VfT7En4&feature=youtu.be

I wonder if Mclaren’s closed its wastegate(s) or declutched the MGU-H during these early tests. Difficult to judge, but exhaust output’s rather loud and lacking the characteristic whir of the -H spooling the turbine. I’d also expect some of those (lovely) growls muffled if all systems were go.

Whatever the case, this is testing; the Honda powerplant might be running out-of-reg, preliminary specs.

Tim C
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Tim C

Regardless of the spec of the Honda engine, it does sound pretty good based on the sound from the video. It will be interesting to hear what it finally sounds like when run in anger.

jonnowoody
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jonnowoody

I love my Honda Jazz, so does my gran; but just like her – 0 – 60 is not its best feature.

jonnowoody
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jonnowoody

My gran hates my wifes Mclaren P-1

jonnowoody
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jonnowoody

My gran thinks Jenson’s a really clean cut chap.