Yesterday in an interview with the media, engine manufacturer Honda would be open to supplying a second team with engines in next year’s Championship but as yet have not been approached.
It has been a trying start to Honda’s return to Formula 1 this season with the Japanese engine manufacturer managing just one points finish with McLaren.
In an interview with the media yesterday, Honda Motorsport boss Yashusa Arai has stated that as a company that they are taking strides forward and hope that leads to other teams showing an interest in their power units. Arai stated the following:-
‘Unfortunately I don’t have any offers right now. Maybe after the summer break, I hope someone calls me and says ‘please give me your good engine’! Right now we don’t have it, but I hope we get it.
‘We learn a lot with McLaren. It’s very successful, and for the development we don’t need [another team] because it’s a top team so we learn enough. But for the whole of Formula One it’s very important to increase teams to make it more attractive and more competitive. I think that’s the right way to go.’
Even though there mightn’t be any offers right now, Arai hasn’t dismissed the idea of possibly supplying another team on the grid in the near future if the chance presented itself and believes that if they can improve massively on the track, they could get an offer from a team.
As Arai stated in his interview yesterday, he feels that the current arrangement with McLaren is helping them learn more about their engine and its performance but believes that by expanding and offering their services to another team will help Formula One grow even more in the near future.
When asked further on in his interview yesterday if Honda would want to supply engines to another team if a new entry came to him, Arai replied with the following:-
‘Yes. I would feel a very good feeling if some new team or newcomer says ‘Please, we want to use your engine’. I would be very happy.
‘Do we have the power to operate everything? I don’t know. Maybe we need more time to operate more than one team. Of course, McLaren-Honda is a works team, so how we would separate that and work with another team I have no idea.’
As Arai rightly says, it would be great if Honda could supply another team on the grid in the near future but there are questions of how that would work; given the fact that they are in partnership with McLaren and they will have exclusivity with engine parts, software systems etc before another team.
But overall, it is clear that Arai and Honda would like to expand with supplying engines to the sport in the future and are open to offers; despite their partnership with McLaren. But let’s not forget that Honda are in the business to show what can be done and also to sell road cars and will want to build on hopefully the success that they have in the sport and what they could achieve in the future.
But with regards to how that would work with the arrangement with McLaren? That is up to them to talk about that situation if it arises. But it is clear overall that Honda would like to expand in F1 and that if they can get themselves together, that could be the case in the next few years or so. But we shall have to wait and see what happens but their priority at the moment is working with McLaren to get themselves in a position to offer this to another team.