Watson: Honda can learn a lot from 2014
23 January 2014 – Ex-Formula 1 driver John Watson reckons Honda will enjoy a "very valuable contribution" to its future engine supply efforts by witnessing the first season of the sport's latest turbocharged V6 era from the sidelines.
The Japanese manufacturer has already confirmed that it will reignite its works partnership with McLaren under the new technical regulations, but this is not until the 2015 campaign, meaning staff can watch over proceedings as the outfit conducts its final term with current supplier Mercedes and apply any findings to its upcoming unit.
And Watson, who raced during the first turbo period in the 1970s and '80s, expects the experience to be vital.
"2014 will be a learning year in terms of how to work a turbo car again," Watson explained to GPUpdate.net.
"With all the issues and problems that are going to be cast up with these news cars during the season, it is going to be a very valuable contribution to Honda that McLaren is going to go through this process with Mercedes.
"The lessons [McLaren] learn with that can be incorporated into whatever else Honda is doing independently."
Honda's return to the Formula 1 paddock will come six years after it pulled the plug on its factory effort.