Gasly calls for Honda to be reliable at testing

Published on 11 Jan 2018 11:17

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

Replies (9)
Posts: 157
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.
NL mclarenfan1968 11 Jan 2018 13:040
Posts: 1015
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.
SE calle.itw 11 Jan 2018 17:030
Posts: 5235
We'll see. Boy I'd love it if Honda were to smack Renault into the dust.
Posts: 625
Nomclarenfan you’re an idiot.
SE calle.itw 13 Jan 2018 10:400
Posts: 5235
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....
BE krommenaas 11 Jan 2018 14:050
Posts: 155
Maybe sometime this year we'll finally see the spec 4 that was announced for Spa 2017!
SE calle.itw 11 Jan 2018 17:520
Posts: 5235
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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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.
SE calle.itw 12 Jan 2018 21:320
Posts: 5235
Oh, yeah? Well Im even more different, since Im cheering for Honda! What do you say about that ?! ;)

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