Honda was just focused on reliability

While you were complaining about McLaren’s miserable performance, Honda seems to have been working a slow, methodical program focused on reliability and are now ready to focus on actual pace:

Yasuhisa Arai says that the reliability issues they were having have been solved and they are ready to focus on the performance:

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“Now we have the first half of the season finished and will look to make another step in the second half,” Arai said.

“McLaren have a new aero package with the short nose and we will update our power unit for the second half of the season and get more competitive and chase down the front of the field.”

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So this whole time we thought they were trying to score points but it seems they were just shaking down their power units and making sure they could run to the end. I’m sure when you turn the wick up on these suckers, reliability issues tend raise their ugly head again.

Sure…whatever. Let’s hope their new focus on engine performance starts taking them up among the leaders.

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mini696

I will believe you when you win.

FerrariF1fan

I’m not sure what F1 I’ve been watching but when did they actually achieve reliability at this slower pace?

Somewhere there’s like a million little metal pieces that used to be part of an engine that say otherwise

Dougahlos Haggerty

Now that half of the season is over…. we got a new line of excuses for why we haven’t shown up. Get on it, Honda…you’re hurting our “brand”. Heh

Junipero Mariano

Weren’t the flyaway races supposed to be the reliability runs and the wick was going to be turned up at Spain?

FerrariF1fan

Unfortunately is wasn’t a wick that was turned up as much as it was a fuse that grenaded the engine!

MIE

Wasn’t it Ron Dennis who said that it is easier to make a fast car reliable than a reliable car fast?
OK, that sounds a little concise for Ron, but the statement still stands. I feel they may be going about this the wrong way.

Dave Domenicano

Reliabilty? Hahaha! Can’t wait to see their performance program…

peter riva

This makes total sense. As there is no testing in F1, they are simply using the whole season as an extended testing program. I would if I was them.

Andreas Möller

I have to agree, although I must say I had expected them to use the whole of last season for extended testing. I still find it hard to believe that they didn’t have that lump doing laps around Suzuka in the back of an NSX. But going by their performance this season, I don’t know what to think anymore…

jakobusvdl

One thing we can be sure of, McLaren didn’t steal the secrets of the Mercedes P.U last year, and hand them over to Honda.
At least now they have reliability sorted they can now release the power (lol)
Come on Honda!

Paul KieferJr

Seriously, Honda? All this time that your engine was conking out, you were focusd on reliability? I believe that as much as I believe that the moon is mad of green cheese. :P I know BS when I see it.