March 21, 2019

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Honda vows to move up the Formula 1 grid in 2018, but just how much is still a mystery.

After three abysmal years that netted not so much as a podium finish with the Japanese supplier, McLaren has dumped Honda and will next year swap engine deals with the currently Renault-powered Toro Rosso.

Since 2015, Honda’s has been clearly the slowest engine on the grid, but Honda boss Yusuke Hasegawa insisted: „I think we’re reducing the gap, even if we are not close enough yet. Obviously we hope to do more over the winter,“ he is quoted by media outlet El Mundo Deportivo.

„We must definitely reach Renault and overtake them. Our goal for 2018 is to go beyond overtaking Renault, even if we do not want to reveal our plans right now.“

McLaren-Honda will finish ninth out of 10 teams in the 2017 Constructors‘ Championship, ahead of only Sauber and even behind the two-year-old startup team Haas F1. McLaren-Honda was sixth in the contructors‘ standings in 2016 and ninth in 2015.

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