Toro Rosso driver Pierre Gasly believes their new engine supplier might surprise in the new season of Formula 1 regardless of the problems they had in the first three years of collaboration with McLaren.
After three disappointing years, Honda moved from McLaren to Toro Rosso to continue their pursuit for three engine manufacturers that currently have more powerful and reliable engines.
In the third season with McLaren, Honda started disastrously with a lot of problems with reliability and with less power than at the end of 2016 but reduced the gap during the season and allowed McLaren to score points regularly.
Improved form of Honda RA617H power unit during the 2017 F1 season is what gives Gasly hope that they’ll countinue to grow in 2018.
“Their goal is to show everyone that they can make fast engines,” Gasly said for GPUpdate.net.
“We are the only ones who will have their engines and they will certainly give their best to give us the best treatment, there won’t be compromises.”
“I think that’s a positive thing, we’ll have another three or four months to improve before the start of the season.”
“At the moment, they are definitely improving. When you look at McLarens, they are much better now than six months ago.”
“If they continue at that pace, I think it will be a good move and I think they will surprise you in a nice way.”
“Let’s hope this can happen.”
“I do not expect BrawnGP season , but we might surprise and it would be really nice to see.”
Along with Pierre Gasly, for Toro Rosso will also drive Brendon Hartley, the 2017 24h Le Mans winner who has been driving for the team onthe last four races of the season.