Honda bosses ‘understand’ troubles


Although unsatisfied with Honda's results, motorsport boss Yasuhisa Arai insists the powers-that-be understand they are facing a "very steep learning curve."

Partnering with McLaren at the beginning of this season, Honda entered F1's new 1.6-litre turbocharged V6 era a year behind their engine rivals.

Dealing with many of the teething problems others faced last season, McLaren-Honda have scored just four points, courtesy of Jenson Button's eighth place at the Monaco GP.

That race, though, was followed by dreadful showing at the Canadian GP where the team's efforts were blighted as both drivers retired.

But despite the on-going woes, Arai says he has the full understanding of the higher-ups at Honda.

"All the fans and our company and our colleagues, many of the people want to get to the top of the podium," he told "But they understand the current situation and from the first race to [Canada] it has been a very steep learning curve.

"So they understand, but of course they are not satisfied with this result because we have a great history with McLaren. Everyone wants to feel the same way [as in the past], so I feel big pressure."