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'Honda's late arrival could be beneficial'

Sunday 12-January-2014 06:39

Honda's late arrival in the V6 game could prove beneficial but it could also cost them dearly, according to rivals Renault.

While Renault, Ferrari and Mercedes will also make their foray into the 1.6-litre turbocharged V6 engines this season when Formula One makes the swap, Honda will only be arriving a year later.

The Japanese manufacturer has signed a deal with old partners McLaren to power the Woking team in 2015.

And while some reckon Honda's decision to delay by a year could be a disaster with their rivals getting the jump, Renault's head of track operations Remi Taffin says that may not be the case.

"One could argue it's a good advantage and one could argue it's not," Taffin told ESPN.

"You have one more year to study your engine and maybe you could end up with a 2015 engine that is much more developed, but at the same time we are going to be developing the engine for 2015 - we are already working on 2015 - and it's very similar.

"It's just a matter of resources because they don't have to focus on 2014 and they are fully focused on '15. This could be an advantage because they put all their resources, money and people on '15 whereas we have to share."

Taffin, though, did concede that no amount of time in the factory comes close to achieving the same results as on-track running.

"They will not have a car running and I can't see that not being detrimental.

"Even if you have the best of everything back at the factory, it's always on the car where you validate everything you have been studying through the winter and over the last three or four years."

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