Hasegawa bracing for Honda struggles in Montreal

  • Published on 05 Jun 2017 17:40
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Honda chief Yusuke Hasegawa is preparing for a tough Canadian Grand Prix. The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is heavily favoured towards cars that can thrust out a lot of power. 2017 hasn't been kind to Honda, who continue to struggle with not only speed but also reliability.

McLaren is yet to score points in 2017 and is unlikely to do so on pure speed in Montreal. Returning to the team is Fernando Alonso who ventured to Indianapolis to do the Indy 500 while he watched Jenson Button take control of his car in Monaco. 

“The Canadian Grand Prix is always a special race for us," Hasegawa said. "It is one of the most vibrant and popular on the Formula 1 calendar, and has a wonderful atmosphere – the fans really embrace the Grand Prix each year. We also have the warm support of our colleagues from Honda Canada.

“After Jenson’s one-off appearance in Monaco, we will have Fernando back behind the wheel fresh from his great Indy 500 challenge. His bid to win in his rookie year came to a disappointing end, but once again Fernando showed what an incredible talent he is. He was a contender for victory throughout the legendary race and drove like a seasoned oval racer. I am looking forward to seeing him after his great adventure.

“Despite the beautiful nature of the Gilles Villeneuve Circuit, this power-hungry, demanding track will not play to our strengths. With its power-oriented nature, stop and start corners, abrasive surface and long straights, it will no doubt be another challenging race weekend for us. However, we will keep pushing forward, no matter how tough the challenge ahead.”

 

Fergal Walsh

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  • boudy

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    really painfull for mcLaren it's the same every GP.

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    • Jun 5 2017 - 18:02
    • Yep, if they cant do well at monaco, they cant do well anywhere

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      • Jun 5 2017 - 19:28
    • Well, we still have Singapore. I doubt they will have good home GPs though, unless the bigger Honda update will provide a decent oompf.

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      • Jun 6 2017 - 09:21

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