Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri, Istanbul Park, 2020

Gasly sure Honda will “give everything until the last race”

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In the round-up: Pierre Gasly has no concerns Honda will give less than their maximum in their final year before pulling out of Formula 1.

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What they say

Although Honda will pull out at the end of the 2021 F1 season, Gasly believes they will still give their all this year:

I think they have good plans.

I know a few things which sounds good, but I don’t want to speak for them.

I’m waiting to see on the lap time and on the track, what it does before [getting] too excited. But I know how much Honda is working and I’m confident it’s not because they are leaving at the end of 2021 they will give up before. That’s not part of their mentality.

They’ll push and give everything until the last race. But I think they are consistently trying to improve the package. [In Abu Dhabi] Max [Verstappen] got the pole ahead of the Mercedes today, the four Honda cars were in Q3, we reached a pretty decent level. Obviously if we have more for next year, that would be even even better.

Quotes: Dieter Rencken

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F1’s rules need to be freer if it is to be a true automotive laboratory, says Steve:

I can get behind the argument that F1 can be used to speed up the development of cleaner engine technology through competition, but that is completely undermined by the rules specifying what those solutions will be. For example sticking with rules stating you have to build a hybrid V6 means you’re forcing teams to stick with what was the best idea of – 2014, 2012? – when the decision was made. You’re missing out on a whole decade of technology advances.

We have the budget cap now, we have rules stating manufacturers have to supply teams if needed, so why can’t we tear up the rule book and let a real technology war happen. Just set a rule that you’re allowed a max of 90kg of fuel for a race other than that anything goes.

If this results in one engine dominating the sport, well so what. Its happened before, the Cosworth DFV was in pretty much every car in the seventies, you could even argue its happening now with the Mercedes
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13 comments on “Gasly sure Honda will “give everything until the last race””

  1. My understanding is that PU development is outside of the budget cap so the proposal in COTD would be unworkable as the manufacturer teams would be able to load their advantage.

    It could work however if the budget cap was extended to cover PU production for each team.

  2. Grosjean very lucky his whole body wasn’t like his hand.

    1. Andy (@andyfromsandy)
      9th January 2021, 9:19

      You may recall the overalls were changed to increase the protection time offered. Yes had it happened last year the outcome might well have been very different.

      1. @andyfromsandy That too got opposition from some drivers

        1. It was a bit thicker so a bit heavier that is what they always notice. The driver accepted when the fabriceur let they see the difference with dolls… strange enough noone objected after that :)

        2. How often do f1 cars catch fire?
          Let the grown men choose their own levels of protection. Nobody is going to race in flip flops.

    2. That guy is so happy simply to be alive. Nice to see.

  3. I wonder if there will be more news about how Ferrucci went from a full time ride in the top tier of open wheel Motorsport in North America to a part time ride in the junior series of NASCAR. Are there more off track issues that we’ll be hearing about? He finished 13th last year which isn’t bad enough to be booted. One thing is for sure. NASCAR drivers won’t put up with his petulant child on track antics. He’ll end up in the wall, spun out or have a ‘conversation’ with some folks after the race.

    1. I don’t particularly like Ferrucci, but he certainly had enough decent performances in an Indycar the past couple of years for me to be surprised about this news – and as you say, to a part-time ride in the junior series? That’s an odd one on paper.

  4. I agree with the COTD, the rules need to be relaxed to allow for better future proof options. Having a rule that stipulates only 95 Octane fuel means teams can only expect their fuel supplier to supply that fuel, but if the rules allowed for other fuels then maybe the F1 fuel suppliers could supply different (and better) fuels. For example, if a team might benefit from hydrogen, then that should be allowed. I must admit I’m not sure how the FIA intend to ensure a hydrogen powered car complies with the fuel flow restrictions and the 105 kg fuel load limit, but that’s something for them to worry about.
    One could add there needs to be a relaxation on the electrical restrictions. For example maybe cars should be allowed to swap a car’s battery during the pit stop, and they should be allowed to trade off fuel weight for battery weight. The trade off won’t matter so much now, but once you start getting close to where battery energy capacity approximates fuel energy capacity then teams will become interested in electricity as an option to fuel.

  5. Gasly’s words are literally from Abu Dhabi GP qualifying day, so weird to see them here some four weeks later, although not the first time old quotes are used in a round-up, LOL.

  6. Re Nikita: If it happens again, the other thing will happen too: Ilott replacing him.

  7. János Henkelmann
    9th January 2021, 21:36

    I must admit I read it in Günther’s voice…

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