Pierre Gasly believes that it is possible Honda will surprise the motorsport community next year with its engines. The Japanese squad will power Toro Rosso next year after its three-year run with McLaren came to a close.
The disastrous campaign between McLaren and Honda left the Woking based team without a podium and a best finish of sixth in the constructors' standings (2016). McLaren will take on Renault power units next year, while Toro Rosso has worked a deal with Honda.
Lack of pace and unreliability has plagued Honda ever since its return to Formula 1 in 2015. Some believe that Toro Rosso will be reduced to a backmarker team next season due to the alliance with Honda, but Gasly, who will pilot one of the Toro Rosso's, is not so sure.
"Their goal is to prove to everyone that they can make fast engines," Gasly told GPUpdate.net. "We are the only ones to have their engines, so we're sure they'll give everything they can to give the best treatment and there will be no compromise.
"I think this is positive thing, they will have an extra three or four months to improve before the beginning of the year. At the moment they are definitely improving; when you look at the McLarens, they are much better now [at the end of the season] than like six months ago.
"If they manage to keep this momentum I think it will be a good move and I think it will surprise everyone in a nice way, so let's hope it can happen. I'm not expecting a Brawn GP season but maybe it could be a surprise and it'll be really nice to see it!"
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