Honda focused on improved driveability and reliability

Fernando Alonso on track.

Honda says it has focused on improving both the driveability and reliability of its power unit ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix.

McLaren has yet to score a point this year, while Jenson Button failed to even make the start of the Bahrain Grand Prix after a series of Honda power unit related problems.

However, Honda motorsport officer Yasuhisa Arai insists the Japanese firm has made progress since Bahrain and that it is continuing to move in the right direction with its power unit.

“The short break before the Spanish GP has been good for Honda, to calmly reflect on what has happened in the first four races, to analyse what we have done well or not so well, and to make preparations ahead of the European races,” Arai said.

“We hope that Spain will see another incremental step forward for Honda, in which we’ve prepared updates on the power unit to help with driveability and reliability.

“And like us, McLaren has had a productive two weeks and will be bringing more updates to test at the track and we’ll see how the car will run together as one.

“We’re confident that every step we take together as a team is in the right direction, and hopefully this weekend will once again prove our continuing progress.”

This article first appeared on Richland F1 – Image courtesy of McLaren

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