user icon

Honda unlikely to seek dispensation for improvements

  • Published on 17 Aug 2016 15:11
  • comments 0
  • By: Dominik Wilde

Honda are unlikely to seek dispensation to make major improvements to close the gap to Chevrolet.

Under IndyCar rule 9.3, aero kit manufacturers can seek dispensation from the series to make drastic changes to their bodywork if they feel they are at a competitive disadvantage.

However, despite utilising the regulation last year, the Japanese marque won't be doing the same once this season concludes.

"Our preference would be to not to ask for relief under Rule 9.3," Honda Performance Development president Art St Cyr said. "As we learned last year the implementation of 9.3 and the associated confirmation testing slows down aero testing as our resources are utilized to justify and document changes. Our preference would be to allow for open development to close the gap."

While Honda has been closer to Chevrolet on ovals, on road and street courses they are still clearly behind. Honda's only win in 2016 came at the Indianapolis 500 where Alexander Rossi prevailed after a fuel gamble.

The next round on the IndyCar calendar is the unique 2.5 mile Pocono Raceway and St Cyr is confident the Honda equipped teams will run well at the superspeedway.

"Based on our performance at the only superspeedway that we've run at this year, we think we're in good basic shape," he said. "But we don't take anything for granted. The competition is very strong, [Chevrolet] has very experienced drivers, and they've been able to do testing on the tracks that we have ahead of us, but we are cautiously optimistic about how we'll perform at Pocono."

Replies (0)

Login to reply

BE Grand Prix of Belgium

Local time 

BE Grand Prix of Belgium

Local time 

Related news

World Championship standings 2022

Show full world champion standings

Test calendar

See full test schedule

Give your opinion!

Will Bottas challenge Hamilton for the world championship in 2020?

Driver profile

  • Team -
  • Points -
  • Podiums -
  • Grand Prix -
  • Country United States of America
  • Date of b. Sep 25 1991 (30)
  • Place of b. Auburn, California, United States of America
  • Weight 70 kg
  • Length 1.86 m
Show full profile

Team profile

Show full profile

Formula 1 Calendar - 2022

Date
Grand Prix
Circuit
-
Spain
-
Bahrain
18 - Mar 20
Bahrain
25 - Mar 27
Saudi Arabia
8 - Apr 10
Australia
22 - Apr 24
Italy
6 - May 8
United States of America
20 - May 22
Spain
27 - May 29
Monaco
10 - Jun 12
Azerbaijan
17 - Jun 19
Canada
See full schedule

Formula 1 Calendar - 2022

Date
Grand Prix & Circuit
18 - Mar 20
25 - Mar 27
Saudi Arabia Jeddah Street Circuit
8 - Apr 10
Australia Albert Park
22 - Apr 24
6 - May 8
United States of America Miami International Autodrome
20 - May 22
27 - May 29
Monaco Monte Carlo
10 - Jun 12
Azerbaijan Baku City Circuit
17 - Jun 19
See full schedule
show sidebar