Honda closing gap to Mercedes

Verstappen and Honda coming on strong
Verstappen and Honda coming on strong

When asked by Autosportweb about the gap to Mercedes, Honda F1 executive director Masashi Yamamoto replied: “I think it’s shrinking. At the time of the opening round, I didn’t feel that we could get closer to Mercedes. The developers of HRD Sakura (Honda Technical Research Institute) and engineers at the race site did a really good job.

“And in Hungary, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Max fought wheel-to-wheel at the front. What was very impressive was when Hamilton actually had to back off a move early in the race. That was amazing. If we had a similar scenario at the beginning of the opening race, Hamilton would not have backed off, but it would have been over in a few seconds. I think it was a fruitful first half of the season."

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