Having achieved a podium result in Australia, Honda are already dreaming of a first F1 victory with Red Bull and believe they can achieve it “around the summer.”
Teaming up with Red Bull ahead of this year’s championship, Honda found themselves back on the podium when Max Verstappen finished third in Australia.
It was Honda’s first F1 podium since 2008.
Honda F1 managing director Masashi Yamamoto told Motorsport.com: “This is a very important year for us because we’ve started with two teams for the first time in the hybrid era.
“Now we have a situation that we can try to express how Honda tries to win.
“We hope to make it come true, maybe by around the summer. Hopefully, we wish to.
“We have now a chance to show our philosophy towards winning.”
Honda last won a grand prix back in 2006 when Jenson Button took the chequered flag at the Hungarian Grand Prix.
But while Red Bull are hoping to at least match last year’s tally of four wins, which they achieved with Renault power, Honda have avoided setting firm targets.
“We’re not trying to make the expectation low,” Yamamoto explained.
“But racing is the result, what matters is the result. We can see everything in the result.
“We have to pile up the technology and performance towards the race.
“Our honest feeling is that we haven’t reached the level of Ferrari and Mercedes as a PU.
“We have to go beyond [the current level].”