Max Verstappen believes Honda are progressing now that “they are doing their own thing” and not following orders from McLaren.
“They (Honda) have been able to do their own thing and build the engine to their liking,” Verstappen told Speed Week.
“They no longer have to deal with the team they were dealing with.
“Also, some new people have come on board, the management is new, and the whole thing looks very good.
“Of course we’ll have to see how it develops, but it’s going in the right direction and I’m happy about that.
Verstappen also singled Honda’s qualifying pace after they recently introduced their Spec-3 engine in Japan.
“I’m very excited about next year, because Honda is obviously very fast in qualifying now,” he added.
“Of course we want to finish this year as well as possible, but the whole team is already looking forward to the next season. Everyone is really motivated.
“The data coming from the test stands is very promising.”