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Hasegawa denies Honda is "lost"

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10/06/2017

Speaking earlier this week, while revealing that McLaren is giving its partnership with Honda another ninety days before it makes a decision on the long-term future of the, Zak Brown claimed that the Japanese manufacturer appeared a bit lost.

"Honda's working very hard but they seem a bit lost," he told Reuters. "We were only told recently that we wouldn't have the upgrade coming (in Canada)," he continued, "and we don't have a definitive timeline, which is concerning because the pain is great and we can't sit around forever.

"The (McLaren) executive committee have now given us our marching orders," he admitted. "We're not going to go into another year like this, in hope."

Speaking to reporters in Montreal, Honda's engine boss refuted Brown's claim.

"It is very difficult, it is very unfortunate, I can't convince them we are going in the right direction," he said.

"I am confident we are not lost. We still need some more time but we are doing the right thing. We are doing many things to speed up our development but I don't disclose what.

"I was not surprised," he continued, referring to Brown's comments. "It's no wonder he has complained, he is frustrated.

"I'm frustrated," he admitted, "I'm disappointed, the team is disappointed. This is a very difficult, tough situation.

"We are strong and connected as a team," he insisted. "We have decided to overcome these very tough conditions as a team together. We're working together to improve the situation."

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1. Posted by Bill Hopgood, 11/06/2017 1:44

"I'll not make excuses for how Honda are struggling to built a competitive engine however if Honda can't get this right and soon then this proves to me that just about any other engine manufacturer will struggle to come up with the goods entering F1.
What I mean is, Honda make a ton of different powerplants and race engines as well, maybe more than anyone else. I would have thought they would have got things sorted by now.
With the call for an independent manufacturer needed, well, I can't see that happening while these power units are so complicated.
Honda might not be lost but McLaren can't find the power unit they need from Honda right now.
What seems to be lost is McLaren management's confidence that Honda can turn this situation around, especially when upgrades do not show up when they should.
Hopefully after the summer break things dramatically improve and Alonso and the rest of the McLaren Honda outfit are happier."

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2. Posted by edllorca, 10/06/2017 16:11

"You can't convince anyone you are going in the right direction. At the end of the day though, it is not about convincing you are going in the right direction it is about proving you went in the right direction. So shut up and carry on."

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