Reliability "much better" due to staff shake-up - Honda

Honda believes the restructure and recruitment of staff before and during the current Formula 1 season has led to improvements in engine reliability.

Reliability "much better" due to staff shake-up - Honda
 Fernando Alonso, McLaren MCL32
Yusuke Hasegawa, Head of Honda Motorsport
 Fernando Alonso, McLaren MCL32
 Stoffel Vandoorne, McLaren MCL32
 Fernando Alonso, McLaren MCL32
 Fernando Alonso, McLaren MCL32, Stoffel Vandoorne, McLaren MCL32

Since it returned to F1 with McLaren in 2015, Honda's power units have been plagued with poor performance and reliability.

The Japanese manufacturer changed the engine concept over the winter, leading to more problems in pre-season testing, but the situation has improved since F1 reconvened after the summer break.

Honda F1 project leader Yusuke Hasegawa says the company's decision to shake up its staffing in its development department is starting to show dividends.

"The reliability is much better," he told Motorsport.com. "That is coming from the decision to modify our organisation at the beginning of the season.

"We had many issues, so we added more engineers, we replaced some engineers and we modified the structure of the development area.

"The improvement is also natural, because we started development ahead of the season and the performance gains are coming from eight months of work."

After the reshuffle at the start of the season, Hasegawa said there were further minor changes at Sakura around April/May time.

He added: "We have brought engineers into development from the mass production department. We knew it would not work as soon as they join and that it will take some time."

McLaren-Honda failed to score points in Japan, with Fernando Alonso just missing out on 11th, having started from 20th and last, but Hasegawa was encouraged by the performance.

"We have shown some decent performance in Japan, we've been in the middle of the pack," he said. "We're racing with Williams, Haas and Renault. At some stages, we were quicker than them.

"From a performance point of view, I think we are OK but obviously we are not satisfied we could not get a point."

Ahead of the next race in Austin, Hasegawa said: "I think we can show the same level of performance of Suzuka."

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