Honda Power Unit Hardware & Software

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Re: Honda Power Unit

Post by hasika » Thu Dec 07, 2017 11:49 am

Tanabe-san seems to stay in the Milton Keynes,and will not go around between HRD and circuit like Hasegawa-san.Honda think this will bring some benefit.

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Re: Honda Power Unit

Post by Craigy » Thu Dec 07, 2017 12:07 pm

hasika wrote:
Thu Dec 07, 2017 11:49 am
Tanabe-san seems to stay in the Milton Keynes,and will not go around between HRD and circuit like Hasegawa-san. Honda think this will bring some benefit.
I think putting the Racing head in MK is an excellent idea.

Honda Racing Development R&D Milton Keynes (locals call Milton Keynes MK, by the way) is 9 minutes by car from Redbull Racing. This means that functionally they are the same place - it takes about 5 minutes to walk from one end of the RBR "campus" (8 buildings on one industrial estate) to the other. Honda and Redbull Technology being close together will be helpful in many ways.

By comparison, Honda MK to the McLaren MTC in Woking is about 55 minutes to 3 hours by car depending on traffic (average about 2h, the route goes past Heathrow on some of the busiest roads on the UK without any realistic alternatives). It's essentially a day trip to get there and back, useless for productivity. Honda people stay locally when they go there.

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Re: Honda Power Unit

Post by Singabule » Thu Dec 07, 2017 12:28 pm

Craigy wrote:
Thu Dec 07, 2017 12:07 pm
hasika wrote:
Thu Dec 07, 2017 11:49 am
Tanabe-san seems to stay in the Milton Keynes,and will not go around between HRD and circuit like Hasegawa-san. Honda think this will bring some benefit.
I think putting the Racing head in MK is an excellent idea.

Honda Racing Development R&D Milton Keynes (locals call Milton Keynes MK, by the way) is 9 minutes by car from Redbull Racing. This means that functionally they are the same place - it takes about 5 minutes to walk from one end of the RBR "campus" (8 buildings on one industrial estate) to the other. Honda and Redbull Technology being close together will be helpful in many ways.

By comparison, Honda MK to the McLaren MTC in Woking is about 55 minutes to 3 hours by car depending on traffic (average about 2h, the route goes past Heathrow on some of the busiest roads on the UK without any realistic alternatives). It's essentially a day trip to get there and back, useless for productivity. Honda people stay locally when they go there.
Hahaha, so they are at the same area as RB? So honda and RB fallen in love when the Windows are open. :lol: Great to hear that, at least Honda has divorced officially from her old husband MCL :mrgreen:

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Re: Honda Power Unit

Post by Squid » Thu Dec 07, 2017 12:31 pm

Wazari wrote:
Thu Dec 07, 2017 7:15 am
I am very pleased with Honda's personnel change. This is a very good thing. I don't think the "openness" will change. I have worked with Tanabe-san very closely in the past. He is a true "racing engineer", not just a corporate guy.
Good news then. Changing personnel this high up in such a short time is always a little bit scary, but if that's the case, this seems to be for the best.

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Re: Honda Power Unit

Post by RonDennis » Thu Dec 07, 2017 12:34 pm

The typical Honda switch, what a mess. I wonder who's gonna lead the project in 2019.

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Re: Honda Power Unit

Post by Craigy » Thu Dec 07, 2017 12:44 pm

Singabule wrote:
Thu Dec 07, 2017 12:28 pm
Hahaha, so they are at the same area as RB? So honda and RB fallen in love when the Windows are open. :lol: Great to hear that, at least Honda has divorced officially from her old husband MCL :mrgreen:
Have a look.
https://goo.gl/maps/62g14BvEc252

The old Honda building is across the street from the new one in MK. This is a sort of historical coincidence, but it will probably be useful from now on anyway.

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Re: Honda Power Unit

Post by HPD » Thu Dec 07, 2017 1:29 pm

Toyoharu Tanabe and Sato

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Re: Honda Power Unit

Post by Webber2011 » Thu Dec 07, 2017 2:26 pm

techman wrote:
Thu Dec 07, 2017 9:19 am
have to say this is the best decsion honda has done to fire hasegawa. this guy was too scared to speak up. honda needs someone like cyril in renault who can speak up for honda , not say take blame, when honda engineers are saying mclaren running heavy downforce in brazil for example. it was reported in the media.
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Re: Honda Power Unit

Post by Sasha » Thu Dec 07, 2017 6:43 pm

To much shame to the brand for the F1 lead to survive.Honda doesn't fire but they do put you out to pasture.

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Re: Honda Power Unit

Post by dren » Thu Dec 07, 2017 7:08 pm

Yes, pretty evident from the Honda official statement. Hasegawa had to know he was a lame duck when the PU wasn't close to being ready in testing.
Honda!

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Re: Honda Power Unit

Post by Wazari » Fri Dec 08, 2017 2:51 am

Webber2011 wrote:
Thu Dec 07, 2017 2:26 pm
techman wrote:
Thu Dec 07, 2017 9:19 am
have to say this is the best decsion honda has done to fire hasegawa. this guy was too scared to speak up. honda needs someone like cyril in renault who can speak up for honda , not say take blame, when honda engineers are saying mclaren running heavy downforce in brazil for example. it was reported in the media.
https://i.imgur.com/DQKsGFq.jpg
Although I would agree that Mr. techman does sound like a broken record at times, this particular post does have a lot of merit. As Mr. Sasha mentioned, Honda doesn't fire people (unless you do something really bad) but in essence Hasegawa-san was dismissed from his position. He could be called a scapegoat but in true Japanese fashion, when things don't go as planned someone must be held accountable. Also according to my nephew, as the season progressed more and more of the Sakura personnel grew displeased with Hasegawa-san's refusal to defend Honda. When one carefully examines all the PU failures this past season, more than half can be attributed to McLaren related issues. If a McLaren design or part failed, or a McLaren tech installed something incorrectly, I cannot think of one instance where he pointed the finger as to the exact cause. He spoke in abstracts and spoke as if all PU related failures were Honda's responsibility. This did not sit well with many of the staff at Sakura and caused some resentment. His response would be, "We're partners, placing blame doesn't help matters and we're a team...." Some saw this as weakness that people like EB and Alonso would verbally abuse Honda for the PU's shortcomings. Some of it was definitely Honda's doing but not all. Yes, the 617 fell short in power and efficiency, but reliability was nowhere near all of Honda's doing with regards to the PU. I must admit, I too would get frustrated at Hasegawa-san for taking blame on Honda's behalf when many times I thought it was not justified. Also since he didn't push back, I think it made it easier for McLaren just to lay all the blame on Honda.

Moving forward, I really don't know how the relationship between TR and Honda will play out. I don't think it can be any more toxic than it was between McLaren and Honda. This will be more of a customer-constructor relationship so it should be better. Also Tanabe-san is more suited to deal with the likes of Horner.
If you can make the opposition flinch, you have already won.

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Re: Honda Power Unit

Post by PlatinumZealot » Fri Dec 08, 2017 3:19 am

You are very correct that Honda and by extension Japanese companies do not fire people unless they did something really wrong. Recently I have been reading about the fertility crisis in Japan at the moment, and i learned of the "life employment" policy that was set in place from the 1950's that essentially guarantees life long job security in exchange for only loyalty. It was a sort of way to stimulate the economy.
This pact still stands today and so it just no in Japanes culture to fire good workers when you can give them another chance at some other role in the company.

That said... Even though it is true that Hasegwa did not defend Honda enough, I don't think he was dismissed for poor performance. I think he did what he had to do, which was to get the new layout working and then fall back into the new organization structure. Remember that Hasegawa is not an engine guy so sooner or later he was bound to move to another roll anyway.

The splitting of his role into two is admirable. It shows that Honda is aware of what is happening in the "modern F1 team" and thinking ahead. The best teams have multiple directors for technical operations etc, but this is very innovative for an engine supplier to follow. I don't recall Renault, Mercedes or Ferrari having multiple engine directors. They have multiple subordinate roles but not multiple director roles? If I am correct?

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Re: Honda Power Unit

Post by Squid » Fri Dec 08, 2017 3:26 am

Wazari wrote:
Fri Dec 08, 2017 2:51 am
Webber2011 wrote:
Thu Dec 07, 2017 2:26 pm
techman wrote:
Thu Dec 07, 2017 9:19 am
have to say this is the best decsion honda has done to fire hasegawa. this guy was too scared to speak up. honda needs someone like cyril in renault who can speak up for honda , not say take blame, when honda engineers are saying mclaren running heavy downforce in brazil for example. it was reported in the media.
https://i.imgur.com/DQKsGFq.jpg
Although I would agree that Mr. techman does sound like a broken record at times, this particular post does have a lot of merit. As Mr. Sasha mentioned, Honda doesn't fire people (unless you do something really bad) but in essence Hasegawa-san was dismissed from his position. He could be called a scapegoat but in true Japanese fashion, when things don't go as planned someone must be held accountable. Also according to my nephew, as the season progressed more and more of the Sakura personnel grew displeased with Hasegawa-san's refusal to defend Honda. When one carefully examines all the PU failures this past season, more than half can be attributed to McLaren related issues. If a McLaren design or part failed, or a McLaren tech installed something incorrectly, I cannot think of one instance where he pointed the finger as to the exact cause. He spoke in abstracts and spoke as if all PU related failures were Honda's responsibility. This did not sit well with many of the staff at Sakura and caused some resentment. His response would be, "We're partners, placing blame doesn't help matters and we're a team...." Some saw this as weakness that people like EB and Alonso would verbally abuse Honda for the PU's shortcomings. Some of it was definitely Honda's doing but not all. Yes, the 617 fell short in power and efficiency, but reliability was nowhere near all of Honda's doing with regards to the PU. I must admit, I too would get frustrated at Hasegawa-san for taking blame on Honda's behalf when many times I thought it was not justified. Also since he didn't push back, I think it made it easier for McLaren just to lay all the blame on Honda.

Moving forward, I really don't know how the relationship between TR and Honda will play out. I don't think it can be any more toxic than it was between McLaren and Honda. This will be more of a customer-constructor relationship so it should be better. Also Tanabe-san is more suited to deal with the likes of Horner.
I can imagine how frustrating it would be to not be defended when people blame you for something you didn't do. From the outside, it would appear that Mr. Hasegawa has been under pressure to keep the relationship with McLaren alive, and might have decided that not fighting them was the best way. Would you think it's possible that McLaren, in turn, felt under pressure from the public and their investors to end the relationship after placing so much blame on Honda, deserved or not?

If I were an investor in McLaren, it would certainly seem odd to me that they would continue partnering with someone who they attributed so much of the failure of the project to. If I didn't know the whole story, which I wouldn't have as McLaren never made it public, I would certainly be alarmed at the very least.

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Re: Honda Power Unit

Post by shady » Fri Dec 08, 2017 6:30 am

Adding Tanabe should be a push in the correct direction: R&D leader for BAR before Brawn F1... check out this article: http://www.racecar-engineering.com/arti ... -revealed/

Such a late addition to the project may not net the results we are all clamoring for, but we will see; and then we will have a hard time parsing out the new influence over the old. but for now, I continue to have hope.. again more confidence in honda than renault but that may just be me.

thanks Wazari again for your candor.

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Re: Honda Power Unit

Post by techman » Fri Dec 08, 2017 8:14 am

Although I would agree that Mr. techman does sound like a broken record at times, this particular post does have a lot of merit. As Mr. Sasha mentioned, Honda doesn't fire people (unless you do something really bad) but in essence Hasegawa-san was dismissed from his position. He could be called a scapegoat but in true Japanese fashion, when things don't go as planned someone must be held accountable. Also according to my nephew, as the season progressed more and more of the Sakura personnel grew displeased with Hasegawa-san's refusal to defend Honda. When one carefully examines all the PU failures this past season, more than half can be attributed to McLaren related issues. If a McLaren design or part failed, or a McLaren tech installed something incorrectly, I cannot think of one instance where he pointed the finger as to the exact cause. He spoke in abstracts and spoke as if all PU related failures were Honda's responsibility. This did not sit well with many of the staff at Sakura and caused some resentment. His response would be, "We're partners, placing blame doesn't help matters and we're a team...." Some saw this as weakness that people like EB and Alonso would verbally abuse Honda for the PU's shortcomings. Some of it was definitely Honda's doing but not all. Yes, the 617 fell short in power and efficiency, but reliability was nowhere near all of Honda's doing with regards to the PU. I must admit, I too would get frustrated at Hasegawa-san for taking blame on Honda's behalf when many times I thought it was not justified. Also since he didn't push back, I think it made it easier for McLaren just to lay all the blame on Honda.

Moving forward, I really don't know how the relationship between TR and Honda will play out. I don't think it can be any more toxic than it was between McLaren and Honda. This will be more of a customer-constructor relationship so it should be better. Also Tanabe-san is more suited to deal with the likes of Horner.

Honda decsion to move aside hasegawa was the best decision. if you main man cant defend honda who will defend for honda ? the media men will only hear the good side of mclaren because Eric and others are completely defending how good the chassis is and its because its part of their job. but if hasegawa cant defend when the pu issues caused due to a problem of mclaren, what the point of having hasegawa. it will only give a bad name for honda and create displeasure for those people working hard in sakura. the media will only see one side of the story thus come with ridiculous rumours and stats to back mclaren and put down honda.