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

Published on 28 Mar 2018 10:10

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)

Replies (6)
PL juju_hound 28 Mar 2018 10:230
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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.
SE calle.itw 28 Mar 2018 17:510
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Still too early to say, mind.
US mcbhargav 28 Mar 2018 17:220
Posts: 796
Honda's Engine didn't make the dramatic improvement over the winter. I think, RB will stick to Renault.
US ajpennypacker 28 Mar 2018 17:460
Posts: 1508
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.
SE calle.itw 28 Mar 2018 18:080
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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.
SE calle.itw 28 Mar 2018 17:520
Posts: 5891
Then it sounds like you have work to do. Off now, back to work! Chop chop!

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