Honda feels it is 'heading in right direction'
21 April 2017 – McLaren engine partner Honda is confident that it is "heading in the right direction" following a positive conclusion to this week's in-season test in Bahrain.
Honda endured four MGU-H issues over the Bahrain Grand Prix weekend, while Stoffel Vandoorne failed to even start the race due to a water pressure problem.
As the post-race test began, development driver Oliver Turvey completed only two laps before a water leak was detected from the ERS, leading to a power unit change.
However, on the final day, with Vandoorne at the wheel, the partnership managed to rack up 81 trouble-free laps, rising to fourth on the timesheets with a late run.
"After facing MGU-H issues during the Bahrain Grand Prix, we made concerted efforts to analyse the issue in a short period of time ahead of the test," said Satoshi Nakamura, Honda's Principal Engineer.
"Based on this analysis, we implemented provisional countermeasures against the issue on our power unit and we think we were able to confirm the direction of our solution with [Wednesday's] running.
"We also made some progress with the set-up of our power unit in order to acquire better driveability and reduce the vibration.
"I want to thank all the members of the McLaren-Honda team who worked tirelessly throughout the days and nights to prepare for the test, even after the tough Grand Prix we had.
"Although we are still in behind our competitors in terms of performance, we are confident that we're heading in the right direction.
"We believe our power unit still has more potential.
"We will continue our development utilising all of the information we have gathered from this test in order to close the gap to our competitors as soon as possible."