Honda R&D Co Ltd Head of F1 Project & Executive Chief Engineer
“It was another bitter-sweet qualifying weekend for us, but, to first focus on the positives, Jenson drove brilliantly in qualifying, finishing P9 despite the power-hungry nature of this track. This confirms that our power unit update has indeed performed as expected, and I’m thankful to everyone in Sakura and Milton Keynes for working on the development and engineering of the power units during the summer months.
“On the other hand, Fernando’s side of the garage suffered a difficult day. During the final laps of FP3, his ICE showed an oil pressure drop. We started investigating the issue immediately following the session, and, after data checks, maintenance and understanding the risks, we took a team decision to run the car in qualifying. Unfortunately the oil pressure couldn’t be maintained, and it was duly necessary to stop the car at the start of Q1.
“We’re still investigating the cause of the problem, and we’re sorry for Fernando and his team. They’ve all worked extremely hard this weekend, and in return they’ve had little set-up time, on top of the penalties they’ve incurred.
“No doubt tomorrow’s race will be difficult, but as usual we’ll come back fighting and do our best.”