McLaren finds adapting to change hard, says Honda

McLaren is a strong and systematic company that finds it hard to adapt to change, according to Honda chief Masashi Yamamoto.

McLaren finds adapting to change hard, says Honda
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McLaren and Honda agreed to end their relationship after three troublesome seasons, with the former switching to Renault and the latter teaming up with Toro Rosso. 

Yamamoto hinted that Toro Rosso will be more accommodating of change when it teams up with the Italian team for the next three seasons.

“Working with McLaren, I’ve realised that they are a very big company which is very systematic,” said Yamamoto in an interview on the Honda Racing website. 

“It’s obviously very strong because of that but at the same time they can find it hard to adapt to change.

“Compare that to Toro Rosso, it is a company that is growing. It is very important for us to work in partnership together, heading towards the same goal. So for us we are very much looking forward to being able to work closer.

“Take this for an example: If we compare both teams with different cuisines, let’s say McLaren is a very sophisticated French cuisine, that’s the way it is. 

“Then Toro Rosso is more like a countryside, homemade delicious stew where you can add new ingredients. We’re excited to do that.”

Communication was one of the key problems McLaren and Honda encountered during their renewed relationship but Yamamoto hopeful Honda will have more success with its new partner. 

“First, [Toro Rosso team principal] Mr. Tost knows a lot about Japan,” he said. “He understands the culture and it’s a good communication that we have.

“We have seen that they also have a young factory and are growing, which for Honda is very important because we can work with the same mentality and have the same approach.

“It is a new start with a team with a similar mindset to move forwards together. Toro Rosso and Honda will start working together immediately and for the coming years. 

“However, before that we have the rest of the 2017 season to complete with McLaren, so a good communication between us is still very important, as well as a good performance in the remaining races."

Yamamoto added Honda wants to use its opportunity with Toro Rosso, that could lead to a tie-up with Red Bull from 2019, to prove the Japanese manufacturer has what it takes to succeed in F1. 

“The regulations go on until 2020 so we still have three years and we want to show our improvements in the technology. We want to show Honda’s potential,” he said. 

“That is very important for us, to let the world see how we will progress and how we can make it a success.”

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