After announcing their split with Mclaren at the end of this year and a new deal to supply Toro Rosso being signed, Honda has set its sights on a top 3 position with the new partnership.
After rejoining forces with Mclaren back in 2015 it was believed the deal would see Mclaren get back to their winning ways as it did in the late 80’s.
But after 3 years of trying they have failed to finish a race any higher than 5th, and Alonso has retired more times in those 3 years than his entire career prior.
It was, therefore, announced Today that the two would go their separate ways with Mclaren and current Renault customer Toro Rosso swapping engines.
However, Honda still believes that with the works partner they can succeed and have now set their target of rd or higher in 2018.
“For Honda, F1 started with the dream of our founder, Soichiro Honda, and we have a history of more than 50 years of F1,” said Katsuhide Moriyami (Honda’s CO of brand and communications). “F1 is a very important culture and DNA of our company.
“It is true that we have gone through a tough situation now and nobody was satisfied with the current results, especially the board.
“We have gone through many discussions but quitting F1 was never an option for us.
“It is our goal to overcome this tough challenge and get back to fighting the frontrunners of the sport, and Honda’s spirit is to come back and next year our goal is to fight for the top three at the top of the grid.”
He added that not taking risks was not blame for Honda’s poor performance but joining the hybrid era with already established manufacturers.
“We don’t think the problem was not taking enough risks,
“We had a gap when we returned to F1 and just looking back the gap has been the biggest problem.
“To shorten the gap Honda has done the best we could, we have reached everything to speed up to a compatible level.
“I believe we have been able to catch up and shorten the gap but we understand there is more to be done.”