Mercedes engine boss insists Honda has 2015 advantage

Mercedes engine boss insists Honda has 2015 advantage

Honda could well be at an advantage when it returns to Formula One as an engine supplier to McLaren in 2015, according to Mercedes engine boss Andy Cowell.

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While Cowell admits that the Japanese engine firm is somewhat hamstrung in the sense that it is yet to complete any actual testing with its 2015 power unit on-track, as current suppliers Ferrari, Mercedes and Renault rack up the mileage, he insists that the fact that Honda can continue to freely develop without the distraction of racing is a major bonus ahead of its debut.

“There are pros and cons [for Honda],” Cowell explained to Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport.

“Ferrari, Renault and Mercedes have the experience of winter testing and the grand prix this year.

“We know based on facts what the issues are and how to solve them. Honda can only watch.”

“On the other hand, we face a challenge in that we are continuing to develop the current engine in the context of what is allowed, and simultaneously we need to prepare for the 2015 homologation next February,” he added.

“So Honda has the advantage of being able to learn through photos and analysing the performance of the engines whilst concentrating fully on 2015.

“They are gaining knowledge free of charge, but not in the depth of the three [existing] manufacturers,” concluded Cowell.

Image courtesy of McLaren

Dan Paddock

Dan Paddock

Dan Paddock is an FIA accredited freelance motorsport and Formula 1 journalist and the recently appointed Grand Prix Editor of Richland F1. Dan joined the site in July of last year as a Staff Writer, fresh off the back of completing a master’s degree in journalism. He has since gone on to represent Richland F1 at the 2014 British Grand Prix, his debut in the Formula 1 paddock. Aside from Richland F1, Dan also writes for Rumble Strip News, as well as maintaing his own modest blog.