Few new F1 engines have
been as strongly anticipated as
Honda’s new V6 turbo-hybrid,
both because of the success of
the Japanese brand in
F1’s last turbocharged
formula and due to
the widespread hope
that it will shake
Mercedes’ grip on the
current one. But if
Honda wanted to
downplay expectations, it got
off to a good start with the
first official appearance
alongside new/old partner
McLaren in post-season
testing at Abu Dhabi.
The McLaren-Honda test car
completed just three full laps,
thanks to recurring
“We brought the
layout of our engine
here. It didn’t work,”
director Eric Boullier (INSET)
conceded. “But a lot of it can
be solved on a dyno.”
We won’t say that’s what
they all say...but a lot do.
Whether you thought its
crowdfunding gambit was a
brilliant marketing stroke or
(like Bernie Ecclestone did) an
embarrassing cry of
desperation, it got Caterham
back on the grid in Abu Dhabi.
While fellow start-up Marussia
saw its own comeback-from-bankruptcy dreams end with
an auction of equipment,
Caterham still hopes to be
back next season...if it can find
a buyer before Christmas.
Honda’s long-awaited turbo engine starts quietly
Crowdfunding stays execution, but what’s next?
His brief open-wheel career has had its
tempestuous moments, but Carlos Sainz Jr. is
confident he’s ready for F1 duty. Red Bull thinks so
too, and tapped the son of the World Rally legend
to join Max Verstappen at Toro Rosso next year.
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Fernando Alonso wasn’t confirmed at
McLaren at season’s end, although the
Spaniard appeared set, while Jenson
Button was still campaigning for a seat.
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Honda was back before the public eye as an
F1 entrant at Abu Dhabi – but not for long.
Kobayashi and company need more help to
keep F1’s crowdfund kings on track in 2015.