Gasly: "We're fighting with Williams and Force India"

  • 28 Mar 2018 10:10
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  • By: Rob Veenstra

Toro Rosso-Honda has the "potential" to improve in 2018. That is the view of the team's rookie driver Pierre Gasly, after a disappointing first outing for the newly Honda-powered team this season. "We're fighting with Williams and Force India," the Frenchman, who retired from the race with an engine failure, said.

It has emerged that, of the ten F1 teams, only Toro Rosso-Honda was slower on average this year in Australia compared with 2017. "I think the others have made pretty good progress," Gasly said. "We looked a little better in the test than we did in Australia, but the potential is there."

He said Toro Rosso and Honda are planning an "aggressive development programme" for the season, and should be stronger in different conditions. (GMM)

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  • Honda is doing "aggressive development programme" since more than three years now. I feel a big relief after Australian Grand Pirx. I really thought for awhile, after the testing, that McLaren is the blame of last three years of disgrace.

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    • Mar 28 2018 - 10:23
    • Still too early to say, mind.

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      • Mar 28 2018 - 17:51
  • mcbhargav

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    Honda's Engine didn't make the dramatic improvement over the winter. I think, RB will stick to Renault.

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    • Mar 28 2018 - 17:22
  • Where is Franz Tost bragging about their engine? Suddenly no more self-congratulating. I thought they were sure they'd be ahead of Mclaren... instead they are fighting not to be in last place. I didn't see them fighting Williams or Force India last Sumday.

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    • Mar 28 2018 - 17:46
    • I dont think they or anyone really thought they'd be in front of McLaren. We pretty much always figured STR would be somewhere down the bottom bit of the midfield. However, the question remain about the quality of the Honda unit. We didnt really see much from it during Melbourne... In fact we saw very little of the rest of the field.

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      • Mar 28 2018 - 18:08
  • Then it sounds like you have work to do. Off now, back to work! Chop chop!

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    • Mar 28 2018 - 17:52

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