Pierre Gasly, Toro Rosso, Paul Ricard, 2018

Reliability ‘still a question mark’ with upgraded Honda – Gasly

2018 French Grand Prix

Posted on

| Written by and

Pierre Gasly admits he still has some concerns over the reliability of Honda’s upgraded power units.

Gasly took a grid penalty at the last race in Canada after experiencing a problem with his first example of the new engine. Brendon Hartley suffered the same setback this weekend and will start from the back of the grid today.

“Reliability is still a bit of a question mark,” said Gasly. “But I’d rather have full beans and maximum performance and just go for the performance, on my side at the moment.

“In Canada I didn’t have any problem, we still need to do a lot of races with that engine so that’s why we decided to save the mileage on the Friday but hopefully we will be fast and be able to overtake like we did in Canada.”

However Gasly said Toro Rosso’s straight-line speed is also not as strong this weekend as it was in Canada.

“Just having a look at the GPS, in the corners we seem fine but just not so strong in the straight-line speed. And we need to have a deeper look, if we’re running too much downforce or if we could have done better.”

Gasly began the weekend using the old-specification engine before switching to the new unit on Saturday.

“I don’t know if it was more difficult to put the settings or… it’s a bit too early but we’re slower than in Canada in a straight line, compared to the others so we need to understand a bit better.

“Canada was really promising but in qualifying was the first time I ran with the new spec this weekend and it didn’t feel as good as in Canada,” he added. “I’m sure there are some explanations but at the moment we don’t really know but we struggled a bit more.”

Advert | Become a RaceFans supporter and go ad-free

2018 F1 season

Browse all 2018 F1 season articles

Author information

Dieter Rencken
Dieter Rencken has held full FIA Formula 1 media accreditation since 2000, during which period he has reported from over 300 grands prix, plus...
Keith Collantine
Lifelong motor sport fan Keith set up RaceFans in 2005 - when it was originally called F1 Fanatic. Having previously worked as a motoring...

Got a potential story, tip or enquiry? Find out more about RaceFans and contact us here.

2 comments on “Reliability ‘still a question mark’ with upgraded Honda – Gasly”

  1. I would say not only is reliability still ‘a bit of’ a question mark for Honda, it is one of the biggest topics in F1 with the three engine rule. All teams have to worry about reliability all season. Honda particularly has everything to prove yet in this regard.

    1. Yeah @robbie, and from the fact that Hartley had to get new bits, it is clearly still the biggest issue with the Hondas

Comments are closed.