Honda Could Get Help From Mercedes With Its F1 Engine Program

It’s no secret that Honda has been having some trouble getting its Formula One engine program up to speed. Three seasons into its return with McLaren and it’s not just down on power, but on reliability as well. Now it turns out that it could get some assistance from one of its biggest rivals.

According to Autosport, Honda is working on a consultancy deal with Mercedes, which could help the Japanese manufacturer figure out where it’s going wrong and put it on the right path.

The arrangement is expected to focus on electronics and the electric portion of the hybrid powertrain. Of course Mercedes would stand to benefit financially from the deal which would capitalize on the wealth of experience it’s accrued from dominating grand-prix racing for the past three years running.

Meanwhile collaborating with Mercedes, even indirectly, would be nothing new for McLaren, which used Mercedes engines for 20 years – even in a quasi-works arrangement – before bringing Honda back into the game, and was even rumored recently to be considering a switch back.

Mercedes isn’t the only resource Honda is apparently bringing to bear on its F1 engine program, either. “We have been doing everything we can do,” Honda’s F1 chief Yusuke Hasegawa told Autosport. “We are utilising every source from outside.”

That is rumored to include Ilmor, the motorsport powertrain engineering consultancy that helped found Mercedes’ F1 engine department in the first place. “We don’t disclose any consultants or supplier,” said Hasegawa-san, “but we are using lots of outside resource.”

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  • Kagan

    Mercedes even helped ferrari didn’t they?

    • Vassilis

      Not sure what you have in mind there.

      • Kagan

        Well they send some engine guy to ferrari to help them ofcourse as an employee. That is what came out on the media.

        • Michelin

          Media reports Allison and Costa leave Ferrari to Mercedes F1 team.

          • Kagan

            Well that is not he same as they don’t bring anything and was not sent from ferrari to help Mercedes.

        • Vassilis

          I really doubt that’s what actually happened. Maybe Ferrari poached some engineers but Merc isn’t stupid to just give them up.

          • Kagan

            They were far superior so for the competition they helped them.

          • Vassilis

            They have nothing to gain from that and they’re not so selfless. Losing costs them both in terms of money and image. Having competition is great for the sport but not for Mercedes.

    • Michelin

      Ferrari did hitself,didn’t need Mercedes help.
      Ferrari is Italian projet in Italian factory by Italian engineers.
      Other F1 teams are based in England, except Toro Rosso, Sauver and Haas.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Mercedes have NEVER been rivals with Honda in F1.

    EVER.

  • rover10

    Up to now Honda has wanted to do it all, part of their culture.

  • Vassilis

    That’s a bit embarrassing for Honda.

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