Honda seems to be push with bold development plan as it plans to make gains and prove McLaren that their partnership should stay put. Last week, it was confirmed both Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne would run updated IC engines at Spa, with Vandoorne focussing on reliability improvement as well.
However, Honda chief Hasegawa has revealed the update, dubbed spec 3.5 and 3.6, was only half of the package. Honda feels the upgrade has indeed increased performance but Hasegawa said the gains were difficult to be measured due to lack of time on track.
McLaren executive director Zak Brown said there was a good step forward at Spa but something need to happen as it currently is in ninth in the championship. Spa came up after McLaren-Honda’s best race of the season when Alonso and Vandoorne finished sixth and 10th respectively in Hungary.
Hasegawa further noted that Honda took comfort from that result but knows there has a lot of work to be done to keep pushing the development and making things work in the right path as the Japanese manufacturer’s engines are clearly down on power and outright speed.