At present, Honda doesn’t necessarily have the most marketable product in Formula 1. Their current partners McLaren are continually pinning their lack of performance – and quite rightly so – on the Honda power unit’s deficiencies and the Japanese manufacturer has a history of overstating the value of engine upgrades.
Regardless, certain teams are willing to consider Honda power as an option for 2018 and beyond. Sauber had even signed a deal with Honda prior to the appointment of Frederic Vasseur as the team principal, who had other ideas and subsequently terminated the deal. Now, it would seem that Toro Rosso is considering Honda power for 2018.
While it may sound bizarre, such a tie-up would make a lot of sense.
Day three of pre-season testing largely followed the pattern set on day two, as numerous trends are beginning to emerge.
Mercedes were once again hounded by the speed shown by Ferrari, who continue to show promise. Red Bull was best of the rest on the admittedly academic time-sheet but faced a day partially truncated by reliability questions. Daniel Ricciardo is seemingly unfazed. Lance Stroll continued to learn just how difficult F1 in 2017 is.
Here are FIVE THINGS WE LEARNED on day three of pre-season testing…
With the departure of Ron Dennis, McLaren enters a new era in 2017 under the stewardship of Zak Brown. The team looks set to reflect this boardroom revamp in the paint shop.
Suspicions are growing that McLaren could run an orange livery in 2017, with the MP4-32 set to be unveiled on 24th February.