I have tried to translate a few sentences. Don't shoot the messenger.
June 22, 2020.
Honda F1: "I think we've brought the power to the point where we can go toe to toe with Mercedes."
Head of Power Unit Development at HRD Sakura, Honda F1's power unit development facility The team's CEO Yasuaki Asaki
talks about the development of the 2020 F1 engine.
On reliability, Yasuaki Asaki said, "We recognize that it's very important [because less races].
We knew that if the power went up, the parts we had until now would be destroyed, but for this one time, I'd say it was and is reliable," he commented.
So how many wins can you expect to get out of Honda's F1 engine this year? When asked to give his answer in terms of winning percentage,
Yasuaki Asaki replied: "I'd say 50 percent, but the opponents are strong.
In the pre-season test in February, the Red Bull Honda F1 showed a speed comparable to Mercedes even on a straight.
This year, expectations are rising that even on high-speed circuits we will be able to compete on an equal footing with Mercedes.
So can Honda's F1 engine win the world championship this year? If it does, it will be the first time in 30 years that it has done so.
I can't say we've come this far and not go for it, so we will go for it. There are many things that may or may not happen,
but we are definitely aiming for it," said Yasuaki Asaki.
I think we've brought our power to a point where we can go head-to-head with the Mercedes this year. I thought it would be best
if we could go a year in a row in a race where we didn't know who was going to win every time, and if we ended up winning,
that would be great. I'm hoping, so I'm asking for everyone's support.