Cape Town - Honda F1 chief Yusuke Hasegawa has conceded that the
Japanese manufacturer are struggling to convince McLaren but are doing
everything they can to keep the partnership alive.
McLaren are set to make an announcement this week and
clarify their engine situation for next season.
They are expected to divorce Honda and strike a new deal
with Renault, but Honda are not giving up the fight just yet.
"I'm still trying to make good performance to convince
them but I'm not sure it will be enough," Hasegawa said
"Honda never give up on keeping this
Hasegawa believes Honda have made gains and that the
high-pressure environment they are working in has enabled them to make big
"It accelerated our development," he added.
"It becomes motivational inside the factory.
"Since Austria, the spec 3 engine introduction, our
development has accelerated and the rate of development is very good.
"We saw some performance gain with each upgrade so it's
Hasegawa is also confident of a strong result at Singapore,
a street circuit expected to suit, but ruled out any major engine updates.
"We have some confidence about competitiveness [at
Singapore]," Hasegawa said.
"We have already decided the current engine will go to
"We may update some settings or engine settings but we
cannot do a big update in Singapore."