Gasly calls for Honda to be reliable at testing

  • 11 Jan 2018 11:17
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Toro Rosso driver Pierre Gasly says that it is imperative Honda turn up at next month's pre-season test with a reliable package. After a disappointing three-years with McLaren, Honda has stepped away from the Woking-based squad to supply engines to Red Bull's junior team.

Honda returned to Formula 1 in 2015 but has been hindered by poor pace and unreliability since. Gasly, who will be competing in his first full F1 season this year, hopes that the Japanese manufacturer arrives in Barcelona with a reliable unit to allow Toro Rosso as much mileage as possible.

"Testing will be very busy with a lot of work to do, especially as we have a new engine partner," Gasly said. "The important thing at the test will be to have a reliable package so we can do as many laps as possible and get a good understanding of where we are with the car, the engine and how the package is planned to evolve. There are only eight days of testing before Australia and that really isn't very much."

Gasly will be partnered by Brendon Hartley, who also competes in his first full F1 season. Both men took part in a handful of Grands Prix towards the end of the 2017 season, which no doubt enabled them to gain valuable experience.

 

Fergal Walsh

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  • reg

    Posts: 160

    Reliable - unlikely.
    Powerful - no chance.
    Evolving package - well Honda only seem to do annual changes - so that is unlikely too.
    I feel sorry for everyone at TR and embarrassed for Honda, I own and drive a Honda and a wonderful car it is with absolutely superior reliability and build quality (plus its great to drive not wooden like Vw/Audi) but they don't seem to be able to translate this superiority to F1.

    • + 1
    • Jan 11 2018 - 12:27
    • It will be fun to see those who were declaring McLaren made a huge mistake of letting go of this new embarrassment of F1 that is known as Honda. I've got ma pop corn ready.

      Dis gon b gud.

      • + 0
      • Jan 11 2018 - 13:04
    • We'll see. Boy I'd love it if Honda were to smack Renault into the dust.

      • + 0
      • Jan 11 2018 - 17:03
    • Barron

      Posts: 625

      Nomclarenfan you’re an idiot.

      • + 0
      • Jan 12 2018 - 17:09
    • I mean, most of us have popcorn ready, but I popped mine to see my still favourite team disappoint yet again, for it's rabid fans to lash out in rage parades again, and Im curious to see what they will blame this time.... *Sigh* We laugh because its better than weeping....

      • + 0
      • Jan 13 2018 - 10:40
  • Maybe sometime this year we'll finally see the spec 4 that was announced for Spa 2017!

    • + 0
    • Jan 11 2018 - 14:05
  • I hope we'll see some major progress for them this year. I saw them going from being in a similar position to winning races in Super GT in 2017, and thats with a car that was poorly optimized for the regulations, Im sure they have the potential to do something similar in F1.

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    • Jan 11 2018 - 17:52
  • Barron

    Posts: 625

    I’m going to be different and hope that both Renault & Honda bring their best game to the 2018 season. That way the fans will get what they deserve.

    • + 1
    • Jan 12 2018 - 17:08
    • Oh, yeah? Well Im even more different, since Im cheering for Honda! What do you say about that ?! ;)

      • + 0
      • Jan 12 2018 - 21:32

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