Toro Rosso chief Franz Tost convinced Honda can flourish in F1

Modesto Morganelli
Settembre 20, 2017

The size of McLaren's organization makes it "very systematic" and results in the team finding it "hard to adapt to change", according to the general manager of Honda's motorsport division.

McLaren and Honda will split at the end of the year, with McLaren picking up Toro Rosso's supply of Renault engines, while Toro Rosso in turn will align itself with Honda, on a multi-year deal. "It's obviously very strong because of that but at the same time they can find it hard to adapt to change".

"I am 100 per cent convinced that Honda will make big steps forward in the near future and within the next three years and we are more than happy to work together with such a fantastic partner".

Furthermore, Renault have revealed that they have signed up the services of Carlos Sainz, who now drives for Toro Rosso this session for next season.

Toro Rosso has yet to determine its driver line-up for 2018, with current racer Carlos Sainz Jr. already having secured a Renault seat for next year, on loan from Red Bull's stable. It is very important for us to work in partnership together, heading towards the same goal.

"First, [Toro Rosso team principal] Mr. [Franz] Tost knows a lot about Japan".

"They have already come up with really good upgrades during this season - unfortunately, because McLaren is very close to us".

"Take this for an example: If we compare both teams with different cuisines, let's say McLaren is a very sophisticated French cuisine, that's the way it is".

Admitting that Honda would have preferred to stay with McLaren and have found a successful solution for the partnership, Yamamoto sees great potential in the new Toro Rosso collaboration. "We're excited to do that". "However, we didn't perform as well as we hoped in the pre-season tests, so from the beginning of the season onwards we were unable to deliver as much power as we wanted, and McLaren expected".

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