Friday, 28 November 2014

Honda have carried out a lot of 'underground work'

Stoffel Vandoorne on day 2 of the 2014 Abu Dhabi test

Honda Motorsport chief Yasuhisa Arai has warned the company's F1 rivals that although the Japanese manufacturer had a difficult return with McLaren during the two day post season test in Abu Dhabi earlier this week they are confident that they will be up to speed ahead of the start of next season.

Honda make their return to Formula One as a power unit supplier to McLaren next season for the first time since 1992 and return to Formula One for the first time since 2008.

The company have invested a substantial amount money to ensure that their return to Formula One is a successful one as they have a brand new facility in Milton Keynes. Arai has stated that Honda's main aim is to win again in Formula One with McLaren next season.

Arai confirmed that the Japanese manufacturer always intended to return to Formula One and that 2016 was seen as the perfect time to return to the sport now that it has adopted a new power unit formula with the 1.6 litre turbo charged power units. Honda have plenty of experience in developing turbo charged engines on a large scale and they will use this knowledge to help them with their Formula One programme.

Arai also confirmed that the power unit that used during the Abu Dhabi test was just a development unit and it is only intended for test purposes but the company believes that they will be fully prepared with their race power unit for the opening race of the 2015 Formula One season the Australian Grnad Prix in Melbourne.

© Ben Johnston 2014

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