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Jun 20 2017
Honda has been commented on by 72 key people in the news. You can find all of them on this page with their statements. People who have been most quoted about Honda are: Fernando Alonso, Zak Brown and Eric Boullier. For instance, the most recent quote from Fernando Alonso is: “I know the team is working extremely hard to get to the bottom of our recent problems, and I am hopeful we can have a smooth race and a weekend with very few issues. For me, qualifying has been an exciting session in the past few races and I hope we can repeat that in Barcelona, but the most important thing will be to maximise whatever grid slot we achieve on Saturday, on race day.”.
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Eric Boullier

OK, what we were daring to hope for were hardly rich pickings: a solitary world championship point for Fernando, who had driven superbly all afternoon, as he's driven superbly every race-day afternoon for the past two-and-a-half years. But, after so much toil and heartache, even that single point would have felt like a victory. And then came yet another gut-wrenching failure.feedback

Fernando Alonso

The truth is that it went better than we expected and this is the maximum we could have done. Twice I scrapped the wall, I finished again ahead of my teammate, which is always the first goal for any driver, and to get within 1.2s of the best time in Q2, with the power deficit we have, it's clearly like pole position for us. It was the best performance of the year, for sure.feedback

Fernando Alonso

Besides, with this engine we have to do a lot of fuel saving, we need to open the car to get as much cooling as possible to the radiators as the engine gets really hot and all that affects the performance.feedback

Fernando Alonso

Tomorrow I'll try to collect some points. To finish the race won't be easy with all the reliability issues we have been facing, hopefully we'll managed to do that inside the top ten, as that's the main goal. In Spain I actually started 7th but it was difficult to overtake because we were very slow down the straights.feedback

Monisha Kaltenborn

And also don't forget, and that's for us not so easy to assess, but all the other teams were in the sport, whereas Honda was not in the sport when they came back in. We know looking at just the chassis side how things change, even in a few years. We're not talking 10 years out of the sport and then you're back again. A lot of things change so quickly in this sport. Processes change, procurement processes change, suppliers change, all that kind of stuff. I think we should give them that chance and be fair and just see what happens.feedback

Monisha Kaltenborn

No. We're not getting into that situation there, we have our one! We will have our own project with them. No, I've got no reason to doubt that because from what we've seen, we're confident they will get their act together. They have the people, they have all the tools you need to do that, and we still at least have some time. We all don't even know what's going to happen at this race, so how do we know what's going to happen at the first race in 2018?feedback

Takahiro Hachigo - Honda

We're going to put utmost top priority on electrification and advanced safety innovations going forward.feedback

Eric Boullier

Of course, we're very much looking forward to having Fernando back in the car again in Canada, after his McLaren Honda Andretti Indy 500 adventure. What he has achieved in just a few short weeks has been phenomenal, and the whole team is looking forward to catching up with him and congratulating him on a hugely impressive performance.feedback

Jenson Button

After driving an NSX Concept-GT at the Honda Racing Thanks Day last December, I became interested in racing in Super GT. I spoke with Honda and they have given me the chance to race at the Suzuka 1000km. As an F1 driver and a member of Team Mugen, I will push to win. I am very much looking forward to racing in front of my Japanese fans again.feedback

Zak Brown

We've got to work through our issues and our issues are substantial in the back of the car. 2018 is not far away, so we are going to have to evaluate how we get to the front of the field, and as Jonathan Neale my partner in racing [and McLaren COO] has said, all options are on the table and we have to get back to the front. Certainly sitting here right now it looks very difficult imagining us running for the world championship next year. But you can make big progress. We're trying to figure out how to get ourselves in that position and we've got a little bit of time before the summer break.feedback

Zak Brown

We're trying to figure out how to get ourselves in that position and we've got a little bit of time before the summer break. Let's see how the next few months go. And I don't know about convincing Fernando, he's going to convince himself whether he feels it's an environment he wants to race in.feedback

Fernando Alonso

It's a shame. I think I deserved to finish the race, at least. Who knows where we could have finished?feedback

Fernando Alonso

There is still no emotion. Until Monday, there are no emotions allowed to enter your mind. The mind is so focused on the race. There is no space for the emotions right now.feedback

Tony Kanaan

The track is a she, first of all, and she picks the winner. I mean, look how many chances I had, not just me, but good drivers, led races. We can make a list of people who should have won this race, and then all of a sudden something happens.feedback

Tony Kanaan

In my generation, he's the best. That's why every time I drive into the track, I say, Hello, beauty' and kind of kiss the asphalt, don't do burnouts in the parking lot, and try to treat her nice. Every time I get to the track, I just give her a little french kiss.feedback

Eric Boullier

For me, transparency is part of the racing culture, and anybody can challenge me – if somebody doesn't want me, that's different – but anybody can challenge me on the strengths of our chassis, and we know where we are.feedback

Yusuke Hasegawa - Honda

We knew there was a limitation in extracting power, so we needed to change the engine concept – the design, the package, the internal combustion engine – and that was a necessary and important step for us. In effect, we've recreated the whole package from zero, but we didn't expect the problems to be as bad as they are.feedback

Zak Brown

We've got to give him a car capable of winning races. That's what it's going to come down to.feedback

Zak Brown

This is going to be a difficult year. If what you've been doing over the last couple of years doesn't work, then you've got to change how you are doing things, and we are doing that. Honda is making some changes, but what we are not doing is changing Honda. You have to stick by your partners. The question has been asked a thousand times, but we are sticking with Honda, and not just for this season, but beyond this season because we believe when we get it right, we'll be a tough team to beat.feedback

Eric Boullier

I've been involved in racing all my life, and with the other series I've been involved in, I've won races and championships. This is how I see racing. If I can't do that, then I'm going to do another job because I would have nothing to do here.feedback

Eric Boullier

My mission when I joined the team – and Honda had already been signed – was to bring a racing culture back into the team, which I believe I have done.feedback

Fernando Alonso

My intention, or first priority, is to race here. I am happy with the team, but we are not winning.feedback

Fernando Alonso

If from here to September, October, we are in a position where we see clearly a possibility to win in 2018, I will be more than happy to stay with the team. If it is not the case, then I will be more than happy to talk to anyone.feedback

Zak Brown

Has this year been a setback? Absolutely, but you can't cry over it. You have to get on with it and pull together. That's what teams do. I wouldn't expect him to stick around if we can't give him a car that's running at the front. If we do, then there is no doubt in my mind he will stay.feedback

Eric Boullier

The power unit has gone backward in terms of performance this season, but that is to go another step forward, and hopefully it will be a big step when it happens. It's going to come one day, definitely.feedback

Yusuke Hasegawa - Honda

We knew before winter testing we were behind where we wanted to be performance-wise. However, it wasn't until we began testing that we started to fully understand the situation. I was very disappointed. We could have continued with last year's power unit concept and raced steadily throughout this season in the top 10. It was already a very stable system, but we knew the performance was not good enough from a power point of view.feedback

Nicholas Patrick Hayden

Racing is what I grew up doing, it's in my family's blood. I'm pretty happy-go-lucky. I travel so much, I've met a lot of chicks in airports.feedback

Keisuke Honda

My dearest Milan supporters, thank you. It has been a challenging three and a half years but because of that I have been able to grow as a person. I will be leaving Milan after this season, but I look forward to seeing you again soon. I may not be a player then, who knows in what way we will meet. In the meantime, I will continue to work hard every day to achieve my goals. Forza Milan!feedback

Fernando Alonso

I'm used to it. I'm used to changing engines before qualifying and the race.feedback

Fernando Alonso

The car was on the limit but I don't know if it was possible to be on pole position but definitely very close. I had an overboost problem on lap two out of the last corner and it was like hitting the brakes. I went one gear down and started to pick up speed again. I crossed the line and it was 230.7 mph or something like that when I thought it was 225 mph or something.feedback

Fernando Alonso

I nearly came into the pit lane because I thought, This qualifying run is over with this problem.' I was still running and still putting the laps together and I was positively surprised with the total time. So I think today the car performed better than yesterday. Already in practice it felt very, very competitive, so we were probably very close to pole position today.feedback

Zak Brown

We have got this great Indianapolis 500 project I'd like to see happen on a regular basis [in future years] but we were able to pull it forward [to this year]. The McLaren brand should be in different forms of motorsport with its history. So everyone wins and there's no bad. McLaren is happy, our employees are happy, Fernando is happy, Honda is happy, Jenson is happy, the fans are happy, it's great for Formula One, it's great for IndyCar.feedback

Heather McLaughlin

On cold mornings you can actually see drops of water – it's so cool. Driving to work is usually the best part of my day. I love never paying for fuel, and I probably will take advantage of the rental car coverage at some point. I almost feel like they are paying me to own the car.feedback

Fernando Alonso

My intention, or my first priority is to race here, but not only to race, I want to win.feedback

Eric Boullier

Finally, well done to Honda for a small but useful update, which undoubtedly contributed to our improved form today.feedback

Fernando Alonso

It's a question for Honda. The engine blew up after one corner. It's tough, but tougher for McLaren, who bring updates trying to find a millisecond here and there and we cannot even run.feedback

Fernando Alonso

I like Formula One and my intention and first priority next year is to race in Formula One. But not only to race but also to win. I am happy with McLaren but we are not winning. If, before September or October, l see a possibility that we are in a position to win in 2018, l will be more than happy to stay with the team. If that is not the case, l will be more than happy to talk to anyone. I am open to anything.feedback

Fernando Alonso

This is my last year with the contract I have now with McLaren so I will have to think a little bit, after the summer, because it's now quite a busy period and the Indy 500 will not be the time to think any further than this summer. But around September, October I need to consider what I will do next year and if it's time to find other challenges outside Formula One or if in Formula One there will be an opportunity to win the championship, which is my main goal. So I'm very open to anything.feedback

Fernando Alonso

I think with this year's cars and the 2017 regulations the cars are good to drive. I think Formula One is back, in a way, we can see this real power and efficiency, corner speed, things we were missing a bit in the last couple of years. The cars look nice from the outside with the big tyres and everything so I like this Formula One.feedback

Fernando Alonso

I know the team is working extremely hard to get to the bottom of our recent problems, and I am hopeful we can have a smooth race and a weekend with very few issues. For me, qualifying has been an exciting session in the past few races and I hope we can repeat that in Barcelona, but the most important thing will be to maximise whatever grid slot we achieve on Saturday, on race day.feedback

Eric Boullier

Like the majority of teams, we'll be taking this opportunity to introduce some new elements to the car, and, with the enthusiasm of the Spanish fans behind us, I hope we'll be able to complete some solid running and see an improvement in our reliability. It would be good to kick off the European races with some positive momentum, and what better place than in Spain with the full support of the passionate Spanish crowd.feedback

Fernando Alonso

After a run of difficult races for us, I'm not sure what we can expect from this weekend. We're expecting some various new parts -- which we bring to every race -- but we can't really focus too much on performance until we have solved our reliability issues. That's always our focus.feedback

Eric Boullier

While the start of the year and the first round of fly-away races have not been easy for McLaren-Honda, we're looking forward to returning to the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya for the Spanish Grand Prix, marking the start of the European leg of the season. We don't anticipate a huge change of fortunes at this race, but getting Stoffel to the end of the grand prix in Sochi was a small reward for all the hard work being put in behind the scenes to address our reliability issues, and hopefully a sign of more positive things to come for the team.feedback

Fernando Alonso

I'm not surprised at the exposure that it's created and I'm very pleased with how quickly and seamlessly, so far, the collaboration between McLaren-Honda, IndyCar and Andretti has gone given how short the period of time we have all had to get prepared. So far everything has gone incredibly smoothly, including the weather at the test.feedback

Fernando Alonso

I think this is credit to the three organisations, just how seamless everything has gone, and it feels like we have had a year of preparation when in reality we have had four weeks of preparation. I think what IndyCar did with the test was awesome and it is the power of digital and social media. I think other racing series can learn from what IndyCar just did there -- the level of fan engagement was off the chart. So I think the test and how much exposure that got was a pleasant surprise.feedback

Zak Brown

It is very important. Obviously we are having a very challenging time on track [in F1], which leads to a lot of questions about the partnership [between McLaren and Honda]. The partnership is going to be getting stronger and we felt this was a good way to demonstrate that McLaren, Honda and Alonso are one group and we are committed to each other and committed to winning, and it's great that Honda has such a competitive platform in IndyCar.feedback

Abdullah Shamshir Abdul Mokti

I refuse to let my wife die in vain. By telling her story, we hope Takata and Honda will do more, particularly in Malaysia, to notify everyone with impacted cars that they are potentially deadly.feedback

Eric Boullier

As for Fernando, I share his frustration. It's not acceptable to start the second consecutive grand prix with only one car, and we need to address this shortcoming immediately. He is naturally disappointed, but things will get better.feedback

Yusuke Hasegawa - Honda

Fernando lost the power from his deployment with the system failure of ERS during the formation lap. Although we tried to fix it by rebooting the system while running, we weren't able to recover it. As a result, we had to stop the car out on the track and were unable to start the race. We'll be investigating the cause of the system failure.feedback

Eric Boullier

You cannot hide behind a result like this. Finishing 14th is not why McLaren-Honda goes racing, and, believe me, we are working hard to make sure this level of performance doesn't last for long. That said, it's still extremely disappointing to run into reliability and performance issues during a race weekend -- we must work together to pull ourselves out of this position. Given the performance limitations he had today, Stoffel drove a very measured and efficient race, doing everything that was asked of him to look after his tyres and fuel.feedback

Yusuke Hasegawa - Honda

We've had an incredibly difficult and ultimately disappointing weekend here in Russia. It was a positive that Stoffel finished the race, especially in such tough conditions, starting from the back of the grid. Today his running was impressive and he kept consistent pace in a difficult situation with tyre and fuel management. Stoffel hasn't had an easy start to the season with many issues during each race weekend, so we're happy that he finally took the chequered flag, albeit in P14 which is of course not where we want to be.feedback

Fernando Alonso

It's a big disappointment for us that we're not able to complete the race with both drivers. But we will move forwards from this and keep pushing. We're expecting some updates to the PU over the next few races, and we'll continue working on our development in order to be more competitive with better reliability.feedback

Fernando Alonso

It's tough, every weekend is the same. I'm not the boss of the team. I try to come here and drive as fast as I can and go back home.feedback

Fernando Alonso

I don't know. That's probably more a question for the boss of the team and the McLaren group in general.. I'm just a driver, I come here, I drive as fast as I can. I help the team. They have to look at the bigger picture. I'm just a driver.feedback

Fernando Alonso

It's obviously frustrating. Four races into the championship, four DNFs (non-finishes). This time we did not even make the start. That's sad but there's nothing we can do.feedback

Fernando Alonso

I come here, drive as fast as I can to try and help the team. We just hope the next race will be better. I'm just a driver. I help the team but the team have to look at the bigger picture.feedback

Fernando Alonso

Sometimes it happens like last year. The torpedo went into Turn 3 and we gained a lot of positions. We will do a good start and we will do a good strategy, and we will see what we can do at the end of the race. Hopefully a top 10.feedback

Fernando Alonso

We were losing 1.3 seconds on the pit straight today compared to the other ones, so I think it's 2.5 seconds or 3.0 seconds on the straights on the whole circuit. We knew this circuit is quite power-effect sensitive, so we knew that we were not going to be very competitive here. I think the deficit is too much. Also the fuel consumption will be huge for us due to the lack of power. So I think it's going to be difficult. To be in the points is going to be hard, so we need some help from the guys in front.feedback

Fernando Alonso

I put always the same energy, which is all I have. I think I never drove as well as I'm driving this year, I keep saying that since Australia, but I haven't finished any race yet. I feel well with myself and can only wait for Honda to bring us a more competitive engine.feedback

Yusuke Hasegawa - Honda

After a disappointing grand prix weekend in Bahrain, we have since had an extremely busy few days during in-season testing, also at the Bahrain International Circuit. The team has been working hard to implement some countermeasures to help combat our MGU-H issues. By the second day of testing, we think we were able to confirm the direction of our solution against the issue after completing 81 laps with Stoffel behind the wheel. The results are testament to the team's hard work and determination.feedback

Yusuke Hasegawa - Honda

The nature of the track, with its long straights combined with 90-degree corners, means the race will be stop-start, putting emphasis on the balance of energy management. Unlocking power and managing fuel will also be key. We will of course work hard with McLaren during the practice sessions in order to find the best set-up, and we are hoping to show a good performance.feedback

Yusuke Hasegawa - Honda

The 2016 Russian Grand Prix saw McLaren-Honda finish the race with two cars in the points, so of course we will do our best to try and replicate this. That said, I expect the Russian Grand Prix will be another challenging race weekend for us.feedback

Zak Brown

I would like to see McLaren-Honda competing at Indianapolis every year. Originally I thought this was an idea we could pursue in 2018 and given the circumstances of how we are running in Formula 1 right now, and Fernando's desire and our desire, and Honda's desire, this created a very, very small window of opportunity that we jumped on.feedback

Eric Boullier

So I think it's going to be complicated for Honda to understand what's wrong, it could maybe be coming from some batch problems. I don't believe it is a car build problem but we can't find what's wrong... We can do two laps or we can do two days [worth of running]. It is a little bit less hot today, by the way. Maybe these five or six degrees are good enough, but I don't know. It's a bit strange.feedback

Eric Boullier

No, because it's very difficult to understand what's going on. We obviously changed the MGU-H four times and [Tuesday] morning, two laps, MGU-H gone, changed the engine, did 17 laps. [Wednesday] we had a small alert but we couldn't find anything wrong physically on the car and then since then we've run faultlessly, without any problems.feedback

Eric Boullier

We had good days last year as well I think. But today we are following the test plan and a lot of information has been understood and solutions tested on the car. So a very good test in terms of data and results.feedback

Michael Brooks

What there should be is a program that prevents old air bags from being recycled. There are just so many questions that are impossible to answer. I would always recommend buying something that has no crash history if you can.feedback

Kent Emison

People are not going to know until it's too late that they have a defective Takata air bag.feedback

Fernando Alonso

It's frustrating. When the red lights go off you're motivated and you start fighting, but you're so behind on the straights that there's no way you can defend your position. You fight in a fair way with everyone, but you don't enjoy the battle. Everyone in the team has been working very hard over this weekend, day and night, and I'm sorry for Stoffel who has had so much bad luck all weekend and then didn't even start today's race. But we'll keep working hard, and we hope to improve in due course.feedback

Fernando Alonso

It was a frustrating race. The deficit in power and performance we had on the straights today was amazing. Sometimes I looked in the mirrors at the beginning of the straights and saw the other cars 300, 400 metres behind, so I forgot completely about that car and started changing settings on the steering wheel and doing my own things, then the next thing I see when I come on the brakes is that car alongside me. We were running close to the points but that's not enough. Today we never had the pace we had in Australia and China, and, in the end, we had a problem and we decided to retire the car.feedback

Fernando Alonso

Well, it's not luck! We didn't do a good job with the engine. It's not luck, we are down on performance.feedback

Fernando Alonso

It was amazing, the deficit we had on the straight. Sometimes I looked in the mirror at the beginning of the straight and I saw the car 300-400 metres behind, so I forgot completely about the car, started changing settings on the steering wheel, and on the braking he was alongside!feedback

Fernando Alonso

Here it has to be something from the heat. [I will be] a quick camel tomorrow! The lap was good, until the last corner I was half a second faster than in Q1, but I went on the throttle and it blew up. Unfortunately that's the situation and we see tomorrow what we can do. The lap was good, we were going to be somewhere between 12th and 14th, again, as in the first two races, but the engine blew up and I just dived into the pits.feedback

Fernando Alonso

There is no point for us to talk about drivability if we cannot complete a lap or do the qualifying. I don't really care too much about the drivability if I cannot finish a race so far this year or finish the qualifying now.feedback

Fernando Alonso

It's hurting. We had the possibility to be a couple of places better and now we have to fit a new power unit tomorrow without the perfect settings and no warm-up or laps to set the engine, so we will probably have a difficult race.feedback

Yusuke Hasegawa - Honda

Fernando will use a new MGU-H and Stoffel also a low-mileage one, so I think we will be alright tomorrow.feedback

Eric Boullier

On an extremely hot day here in Bahrain, the mercury nudging 40 degrees, Fernando got through his planned programme without interruption, garnering us a large amount of data to crunch this evening. For Stoffel, things were quite a lot more tricky. His car was beset with serial MGU-H issues, which we're now investigating with Honda, and as a result he was unable to do anything like as much running as we'd have liked him to.feedback

Zak Brown

As Fernando has said - whoever we end up putting in the car, Stoffel is doing an outstanding job, so we will expect whatever the car is capable of, Stoffel to be able to achieve that. As will whoever the co-driver is. We have to look at bigger picture and the entirely of what McLaren-Honda is trying to achieve, for the sacrifice of not having Fernando in Monaco but having him in Indy, when we step back and look at the season we will say that was the right decision.feedback

David Whiston - Morningstar

The market cares more about the potential new market value of the other businesses Tesla is in than about real profits and cash flow. Right now there is nothing to slow Tesla's momentum. They could pass Honda, too.feedback

Zak Brown

Well it came about quite quickly. Obviously I'm one of the newest members of the team so while I had aspirations for us to get back to Indianapolis in the future and the thought of doing it with Fernando Alonso and Honda was a stunning idea, felt a bit like a dream and probably a bit early to start pursuing it.feedback

Zak Brown

It is one of those where it's one of those jokes with some truth to it. So I said to Fernando before Australia 'one of these days we should do Indy together'... just kind of threw it out there to see what kind of reaction I would get it, and he kind of joked back. I thought 'Ok, I've thrown the bait out in the water but I'll leave it at that.feedback

Fernando Alonso

On Saturday I arrived at the circuit and said, Yes, this is a good decision for everyone: a win-win for myself, for F1, the fans, everyone. Two days ago on Monday, everything became real. I was not completely sure on Saturday in China if it was still possible to make it so quick, but we had a huge help from Indy, from the Speedway, from the promoter and together with Zak's contacts and Andretti Autosport. They helped everything become real in two days.feedback

Zak Brown

Fernando's desire to do it and our desire to do it and our desire to support him and do it together accelerated how quickly we were able to make this happen.feedback

Zak Brown

A lot of hard work with IndyCar helping us behind the scenes, Michael Andretti and of course it wouldn't happen without Honda's support so that's how we got started and how we've got where we today and I think we're all very excited about it.feedback

Zak Brown

Then when Fernando and I were with [racing director] Eric [Boullier] and Honda in Australia it came up in conversation, one of the mornings, and Fernando brought it up and said 'Honda, you have an unbelievably great history at the speedway, I have a dream to win the Triple Crown and wanted to do Le Mans in the past and I'd love to do the Indy 500 with you. There wasn't a timeline on it but I thought 'Ah, he might actually be serious about this!feedback

Zak Brown

Could Fernando win this year's Indy 500? Well, I wouldn't be so silly as to make any such rash prediction, but I expect him to be in the mix. Put it this way, the team he'll be racing for won the race last year, using the same Honda engine, and he's the best racing driver in the world. That's quite a compelling combination.feedback

Mansour Ojjeh

I've attended the Indy 500, and I came away hugely impressed by the scope and scale of this enormous and well-organised event, and the sheer enthusiasm of the hundreds of thousands of fans in attendance. More than 30 years [after McLaren's Indy 500 wins], I'm pleased and proud that we're about to embark on a new IndyCar era for McLaren, this time with Andretti Autosport and Honda.feedback

Fernando Alonso

But Monaco will be the only 2017 Grand Prix I'll be missing, and I'll be back in the cockpit of the McLaren-Honda MCL32 for the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal in early June. I've never raced an IndyCar car before, and neither have I ever driven on a super-speedway, but I'm confident that I'll get to grips with it fast. I've watched a lot of IndyCar action on TV and online, and it's clear that great precision is required to race in close proximity with other cars on the far side of 220mph [354km/h].feedback

Zak Brown

Put it this way: the team he'll be racing for won the race last year, using the same Honda engine, and he's the best racing driver in the world. That's quite a compelling combination. So, yes, as I say, he'll be in the mix.feedback

Fernando Alonso

I'm immensely excited that I'll be racing in this year's Indy 500, with McLaren, Honda and Andretti Autosport. The Indy 500 is one of the most famous races on the global motorsport calendar, rivalled only by the Le Mans 24 Hours and the Monaco Grand Prix, and it's of course a regret of mine that I won't be able to race at Monaco this year. But Monaco will be the only 2017 Grand Prix I'll be missing, and I'll be back in the cockpit of the McLaren-Honda for the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal in early June.feedback

Zak Brown

We would have liked to see different progress from '16 to '17, but I think we've identified, they've idenitified what the majority of the issues are, and we're working hard on them. Just to get two cars to the finish compared to what testing looked like, I think we can see in a short period of time they addressed reliability, so now we need to continue with that reliability and get some more power and they've got a plan, it's just going to take a bit of time.feedback

Zak Brown

We've been to Japan a lot, they've been with us a lot. The top bosses are out again this weekend. We're all knuckling down and working super hard. There's no conversation going about quitting or going different ways.feedback

Zak Brown

This year, clearly the start of it is a disappointment to where we thought we would be. We're in year three. If you go back and look at how long Mercedes, Renault, Ferrari have been in, they've got decades of head start, so this year's definitely an initial setback. But we're very committed to them, they've very committed.feedback

Zak Brown

Oh yeah, we definitely can. We definitely need things to change. We're not happy, our fans aren't happy, they're not happy. We're a team that's used to winning races and world championships, and we know this was going to be a bit of a journey.feedback

Zak Brown

You would expect him to make comments about competitiveness - so I don't think that is a surprise or unhealthy. It is tough on all of because and we get interviewed a lot, every once in a while you let a little emotion get to you and you say something that gets construed in the wrong way, but the relationship is very healthy.feedback

Zak Brown

I think Fernando wants to be very competitive, and if you look at any world champion driver, they are not satisfied unless they are winning. That is why we have them.feedback

Zak Brown

McLaren Automotive is a different business unit with some common shareholders who we work very closely with. Their engine is a McLaren engine but the F1 team has a different set of economic priorities and ways to go racing so that is not a conversation that we've had. What we can do in 10 years, who knows – but that is not a conversation [for now]. We are not an engine builder, we are a racing team and a car constructor. We are very open with Honda.feedback

Jeff Conrad - American Honda Motor

Many automakers are looking for signs of market stability as consumers continue to head towards trucks and SUVs. But cars are still a compelling choice for many, especially when you have the right formula. Civic is a great example.feedback

Mark LaNeve - Ford Motor

Our high-series Super Duty trucks and all-new F-150 Raptor drove double digit F-Series sales gains in March, along with the strongest year-over-year increase in transaction prices of any truck manufacturer in the industry.feedback

Kurt McNeil

Chevrolet will have the industry's broadest and freshest lineup of utility vehicles led by the all-new 2018 Equinox and Traverse, plus we have a unique three-truck pickup strategy and a dominant position in large SUVs. We also have a first-mover advantage in many segments. It will be years before key competitors are able to launch rivals to the Chevrolet Bolt EV, Colorado and Trax.feedback

Vincenzo Montella - AC Milan

When we have thought that a game was easy on paper, we've tended to get poor results, such as against Udinese and Sampdoria. When we had a more difficult fixture, we've actually done better. We've got Gustavo Gomez back and he was able to take part in the full training session. I have to assess players who crossed the ocean for international duty, like Keisuke Honda, Carlos Bacca and Cristian Zapata.feedback

Monisha Kaltenborn

We are talking. We are talking -- we are open with our open with our engine situation and we have a couple of options. We know that we soon have to make a decision and we will, but we are not committed anywhere.feedback

Colin Furze

Stig's at his happiest when he's making the slow, fast - so what better way to celebrate the new series of Top Gear than by taking a rusty old bumper car and converting it into the ultimate fairground speed machine?feedback

Eric Boullier

Yes, we have decided to keep Stoffel's car on Barcelona spec and give new spec to Fernando for strategic reasons. But treatment is equal before the rumours start.feedback

Yusuke Hasegawa - Honda

But it is not a one-day job. In a month's time or two weeks' time I would like to try, but I cannot guarantee here. As soon as I can prepare that I am happy to introduce that. Also the same, the rumour is just a rumour. After the winter test we are having a strong pressure from the team and from the driver, but we keep improving. We try to keep improving. And of course a second team, we try to have some conversation but nothing is fixed.feedback

Eric Boullier

Rumours are rumours and I guess our performance, especially during our testing sessions, have created such rumours. Obviously we are looking at every option to recover and catch up because we are definitely not in the position that we expected to be and wanted to be.feedback

Yusuke Hasegawa - Honda

The problem that we had in the testing, every single reason [for the problems] we tried to modify the engine, but from the performance point of view we are still struggling to extract more power from the engine. Actually it is different from the test situation. But I hope reliability issue was fixed already. I cannot guarantee when we can get the power, but as soon as possible of course we will try to introduce a new specification for that.feedback

Fernando Alonso

Yeah today was alright. Reliability was good, speed was not where we want to be but better. I think some others had some issues.feedback

Zak Brown

We've got various upgrades throughout the year but nothing substantial where we'll come out with a grand prix that is significantly different to what we have.feedback

Zak Brown

Yeah I think it is just that. Race-by-race we can get a little bit more power, a little bit more speed, not compromise reliability, then just every race if we can improve upon, I don't think they'll be a step change in any one grand prix, it'll just be gradual progression as the game plan.feedback

Fernando Alonso

We had some issues but in terms of the experience we had in winter testing, we have less issues than Barcelona so we were able to run a little bit more in FP1 and FP2. Thanks to that we extracted a little bit of the potential of the car because obviously you are testing new things every time you go out. Of course. I feel well prepared, I feel very fast, I'm very fast in the corners. When I run behind someone I catch someone in the corners by 50 metres, I lose 200 [metres] on the straights. Very frustrating.feedback

Fernando Alonso

To have a good championship position. To have podiums to win races, that's the aim when you start a new season and when you're in a big team like McLaren. That's the dream and the aim but we know it's going to be difficult especially after winter testing where we had so many difficulties. There's still a long way to go for us and we need to see a reaction from Honda as soon as possible. We need to give time to tell us how the races are. There are many questions we need to answer.feedback

Fernando Alonso

It's frustrating. I have been preparing for this year a lot. I feel great and like I'm driving at my best. So when you're not competitive or not able to do 10 or 11 laps in winter testing it's frustrating but it's the way it is and now we need to work hard and not give up. It's just the way it is and hopefully we can improve the situation.feedback

Fernando Alonso

I don't know the details on how we can improve the power and the power unit. I'm sure there are a lot of complexities behind and I don't know the full picture but we need to speed up, change gear and be at the level of our competitors and hopefully we can do it as soon as possible.feedback

Fernando Alonso

This is Formula One, nobody will wait for you for one day or one hour -- this is not a charity game. We need to improve, raise our level, compete hard and hopefully enjoy the challenge.feedback

Fernando Alonso

We already know the sport is a lot more physical and the cars are more challenging to drive – from a driver's point of view this is exactly what we were looking for in the new regulations, and I really hope this will translate to good battles on track. After a difficult two weeks of testing we're prepared to face a difficult weekend in Melbourne. We'll do our best with what we have and there's a lot of hard work and collaboration happening within the team, but the lack of time before the first race means you have fewer options for big changes.feedback

Yusuke Hasegawa - Honda

And at the same time we will continue to work on our development to generate more power from the PU.feedback

Yusuke Hasegawa - Honda

Of course the situation we find ourselves in is not what we hoped for when we returned to Formula One, but we are still 100 per cent committed to our future in the sport and our relationship with McLaren. We believe in this partnership as does McLaren, and in order to move forward it is important for us to work as one team and overcome the situation together. The priority is to maintain honest and open communication, and to continue strengthening all relationships between Honda and McLaren despite the difficulties we are facing. This is not a short-term project for us.feedback

Eric Boullier

There are always a lot of stories about this. I think Fernando is being honest with us, just as we're being honest with him. He first wanted to see how the new car was. And... how the new regulations are. And I think he likes the new F1. He wants to be competitive because he has talent to show the world and to himself. I don't want to give you too much information, because I know a lot of teams want that information, but he's the best. Without a doubt. He's the best because he is, clearly, but over and above that, it can be shown.feedback

Eric Boullier

And we need to be competitive to keep him happy. If we're competitive he'll be happy and if not he'll take his own decisions.feedback

Fernando Alonso

I think the car is good. From the analysis we can do compared to the other cars, around the corners we don't lose time in almost all corners, but we're 30/40 km/h down in every single straight. Adding up all the time lost on the straights, you get the gap we have to the faster cars.feedback

Fernando Alonso

I get a positive feeling from the new rules, in general. We can attack the corners, we can feel there's a lot more grip, so that was a nice and positive surprise. Now we can drive flat out, the way we like, not like little kids to keep the tyres alive, to prevent strange things from happening, etc. That's the best way to feel a Formula One car, so it's fun to be free to attack and all that is missing is going down the straights at the same speed as the others.feedback

Fernando Alonso

This is not the Australia-spec engine but it's an evolution from what we had last week. For Australia we'll have a different evolution, so from that point of view there's still hope to gain some power and reliability with the final version. But last week's spec didn't deliver the results expected and this week's spec is also going bellow expectations. For Australia we'll have to hope for more, we have to be hopeful because the last two specs we worked with didn't match our expectations. We'll see.feedback

Fernando Alonso

I don't know, it's a question for Honda where they are lacking power. I am not an engineer or an engine designer yet, maybe in the future ... but I don't think it is a deployment issue because many straights here, so in one straight or another you deploy until the braking zone and you lose 30 or 40 km/h in every straight.feedback

Fernando Alonso

As of today we may have even less power than last year, but we're running with settings that are not even close to the ones we'll use in Australia, for different reasons, for different problems we have in the engine. The full power of our engine won't be seen until we all the problems we are experiencing are sorted.feedback

Fernando Alonso

Every lap we do we are improving the situation slowly. The oil tank was quite an amateur problem that we had that day and then from day one we keep unlocking a little bit the situation in terms of power and in terms of reliability. With more laps you discover other things; temperature in the rear caliper or bodywork that is not properly tight -- things that normally you discover in day one or day two of winter testing.feedback

Fernando Alonso

We have only one problem: that is the power unit. There is no reliability and there is no power. I think we are 30 km/h down on every straight. When you are 30 km/h down on every straight, it is difficult also to have a feeling on the car. Everything feels good, but when you arrive to normal speed you don't know what is going to happen.feedback

Fernando Alonso

It is not a surprise, last week was not ideal for us. Today more or less we knew we were in front of a tough day so we tried to learn as much as we can.feedback

Fernando Alonso

We are not fully ready to complete a grand prix yet.feedback

Rickie Fowler

Whether I'm talked about with those guys or not, I just want to play the best that I can and keep pushing myself and ultimately, just keep trying to put myself in position to win and start collecting more of these.feedback

Rickie Fowler

I didn't play great. It wasn't a pretty round. But we got the job done. A win is a win.feedback

Rickie Fowler

I guess I can already plan on Hawaii for next year. I can relax a little bit. This just lets us chill out in a way. There's less pressure, less stress. I think this is something we needed going into Augusta. I like this spot we're in right now.feedback

Gary Woodland

I thought all of them looked pretty good. It was a little deflating on 18. Thought I hit a pretty good drive and thought I would have a chance, and I just couldn't get home and laid up in the water, which was bad.feedback

Tyrrell Hatton

All you can do is try your best and play well. That's what I try and do every week. It's a new course for me. I played 27 holes on Monday and Tuesday, and my caddie has done enough homework. So we know what to do. Hopefully, I'll just play well.feedback

Rickie Fowler

It would be nice to follow in their footsteps. But I do have a lot of work to do tomorrow. A four-shot lead is nice. That can obviously go away very quickly, too.feedback

Rickie Fowler

If you're playing from three, four shots behind, you can't make a mistake. When you're out front, four shots, I make a mistake, OK, we're still up. ... To be out front and be in control and with the way I feel about the game, the way I've been swinging, I'm looking forward to it.feedback

Rickie Fowler

I definitely need to put myself in this position more often, which is just going to lead to me winning more often. I'm not going to be able to take a 36- or 54-hole lead every time and win, but the more times you put yourself there, the more trophies I get to hold on Sunday.feedback

Rickie Fowler

I know I have the lead, and it's nice to go out in front. But you still have to play, and especially around this place, it can jump up and bite you at any time.feedback

Ryan Palmer

And he went right to work and made phone calls for me. I can't think him enough for what he did. It's been a long ride.feedback

Ryan Palmer

I watched a few tournaments. There were times when she said I should have gone and played. I was going to play Vegas and I was going to play Malaysia, but after that, there was no way I could play golf. Enjoyed time at home, took care of the kids. But it was a lot of hard times, for sure. The greens, all hell broke loose – the nerves, anxiety right hand. I spent four weeks going through that. Felt like it was the best putting I've done in a year and a half, and it's carried over to this week.feedback

Wesley Bryan

Don't like making bogeys, but any time you find yourself using a putter out of the trees for your second shot, it's not good. Glad to settle for bogey there and glad to get one on 18, tied for the lead going into the weekend.feedback

Rickie Fowler

I feel like it's time for me to start finishing off some more events when I am in this position. I wouldn't look just back at this specific event, but there's been a few where I've had a chance, and I feel very good out front or around the guys in the lead. I'm looking forward to this weekend.feedback

Cody Gribble

We both know exactly how we want the ball to come out. We want less curve. I tend to draw it too much. I know we wanted more a cut swing, but kind of finally ... it's hard to explain. It clicked today, but it could be lost again tomorrow. You never know. It was a great start, and hopefully I can build on it.feedback

Rickie Fowler

If the weather stays good and it's able to dry out, I don't see the golf course getting any easier.feedback

Martin Kaymer

It was very soft and there was not much wind. Once you miss the fairway, it was actually OK from the rough because the greens are soft. I've not played the golf course in easier conditions.feedback

Cody Gribble

This is one of the tournaments I like to play. I played it well in Q-school a couple years ago. I've got some good memories.feedback

Martin Kaymer

I felt very calm over the ball. I enjoy the golf course. When you stand on the first tee, you don't feel like you need to make five or six birdies. It's a ball-striking golf course, but even level par or 1-over par is a very good round.feedback

Gary Hufbauer

As soon as you start wailing on Honda, Toyota or Nissan, you'll have a governor standing up, saying, Hey, these are great companies.feedback

Teruhiko Tatebe - Honda Motor

The United States is where demand for fuel cell vehicles is going to be among the highest so we've decided to consolidate our manufacturing operations into one location there. Both GM and Honda have our respective missions to develop clean energy sources, and we plan to continue these regardless of the political situation.feedback

Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz

I, coincidentally, had just bought myself a car, and I looked at the BMW and I looked at different cars, and I ended up getting the Acura, which was $15,000 less.feedback

Rory McIlroy

I'm trying to get back for Mexico. That's my timetable for return. I could probably get back before that. For example, if I were to play Honda (the Honda Classic in late February) and then go straight to Mexico, I would be playing two weeks in a row.feedback

Tim Kuniskis - Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

It's really a testament to the fact that despite all the new alternatives in the marketplace in the last 20 years there's still no better alternative for a family vehicle than the minivan.feedback

Mark Reuss

The market is taking notice of this car, the first to offer a no-excuses reason to drive an electric vehicle.feedback

John W. Mendel - American Honda Motor

We've never really been known as a truck company. It's nice to get to get this sort of recognition going up against some very tough competition.feedback

Mark Reuss

We didn't have all the answers when we started the program -- in terms of how far we were going to get range-wise, how light are we going to get the car and ... sell price. We hit on all cylinders on this, so to speak, even though there's not any in the car.feedback

John Krafcik

A single integrated system means that all the different parts of a self-driving car work together seamlessly.feedback

Takahiro Hachigo - Honda

We produce cars in Mexico for markets including North America and Europe and we have no immediate plan to change this.feedback

Akio Toyoda - Toyota

We will consider our options as we see what policies the incoming president adopts.feedback

Ming Maa

Transportation is a very local problem. The transportation issues in Jakarta are very different to New York or San Francisco.feedback

Ming Maa

We are laser-focused on keeping our heads down and focused on solving problems for consumers. We are not specifically planning for an IPO, but anything is obviously possible.feedback

Ming Maa

Our number one missions is to provide a safe and reliable transportation service, and so the key focus of this will be Honda doing driver safety training at centers and also at their dealers.feedback

Erik Anders Lang

After much soul searching and consideration we have made the decision to separate as a couple.feedback

Takahiro Hachigo - Honda

It is still unclear what Trump's policies will be. We can't unexpectedly make production modifications and that is an issue not just for us but for all automakers in the United States.feedback

Michimasa Fujino - Honda Aircraft Company

By the end of the 2018 financial year (in March 2019), we want to be near complete production of around 80 units.feedback

Toshiaki Mikoshiba - American Honda Motor

While maintaining our current overall capacity (in North America), we'd like to also consider our production options in Japan ... to produce more light trucks to respond to strong demand. So long as we don't see a sudden reversal in gasoline prices, we believe this would be the right move for the market.feedback

Seiji Kuraishi - Honda

At the moment we see uncertainties related to the U.S. elections, Brexit and a weaker sterling, and in Asia, the outlook for Thailand after the death of the country's monarch. We haven't seen the impact of these factors yet, but we're taking a cautious approach to our forecasts.feedback

Seiji Kuraishi - Honda

We're seeing a positive impact from our new models. The Civic is doing very well in North America, China, and South America.feedback

Jake Fisher - General Motors

If you look at the top three it is Toyotta and Lexus, no surprise there. But above any of the Japanese automakers – above Honda, above Subaru – we see Buick, and that is a big deal.feedback

Jake Fisher - General Motors

The Model X out of the gate is very problematic. A lot of the problems have to do with the complex doors. The falcon wing doors are kind of an accident waiting to happen.feedback

Zhu Linjie - Honda

The primary reason is new models, plus … sport utility vehicles (SUVs) are very popular.feedback

Fernando Alonso

We knew these penalties would come. One of the best places was Spa because of the conditions of our engines at that point. The second best was maybe Malaysia because the weather could play a big factor in the race.feedback

Fernando Alonso

That's the target for both cars. Even if I start last then hopefully we can recover places quite soon.feedback

Karl Brauer

Where you used to see the Accord and Camry as the iconic brands for Honda and Toyota, I think you will now see CR-Vs and RAV4 take that over. I think the SUV is now going to become the new benchmark car for the American car buyer.feedback

Christopher Richter - CLSA

Once upon a time 'Honda' was synonymous with 'performance'. Now Honda is known for reliability, for sensibility. (The new NSX) is an attempt to redefine Honda and regain some of the excitement about driving.feedback

Scott Fink - Hyundai of New Port Richey

I have built my sales and my reputation at Hyundai as being the value brand. I understand the company's desire to move upstream...but now you're in the same ocean with Toyota and Honda, and Toyota and Honda most specifically in the U.S. have a much longer and better reputation than Hyundai, and we're not there yet.feedback

Masayoshi Son

Honda cars will be able to understand the feeling of love. Imagine if robots, with their super intelligence, devoted themselves to humans - And imagine that cars themselves became supercomputers or robots one day. Honda will be the first to adopt this technology.feedback

Anthony Foxx

With as high as a 50 percent chance of a dangerous air bag inflator rupture in a crash, these vehicles are unsafe and need to be repaired immediately. Folks should not drive these vehicles unless they are going straight to a dealer to have them repaired immediately, free of charge.feedback

Bill Nelson

These vehicles are death traps, and Takata and Honda have understated the risks for far too long. Merely telling people to come to dealers is not enough – they need to go out and find these vehicles and get them off the road.feedback

Takaki Nakanishi - Jefferies

We think at the current share price, Honda, which is trading at a discounted level, is very attractive.feedback

Takaki Nakanishi - Jefferies

We think the final conclusion by the NHTSA and Japan's MLIT, in light of investigative results....is approaching.feedback

Kohei Takeuchi - Honda

Recall-related costs nullified profit growth that was driven by increased auto sales, cost cuts and lower materials costs in the last financial year.feedback

Marcelo Alves

I mean, what is happening is an electrical vehicle, it is not running on water, it is running on electricity on the battery. But we need to commend the efforts of everyone at home that is concerned and maybe we need to provide help so they can fully develop the vehicle….feedback

Marcelo Alves

Every sort of new device or any work has to be considered with every respect. I mean, I have all respect to this sort of people that out of concern start tinkering with the things they have at home and then came up with something that works. The only thing is that we need to inform the public that there is no magic bullet to solve the energy crisis.feedback

Jesse Jackson

The vote made us feel good about ourselves. But there was another element that felt very threatened and they should not have. The south should not feel threatened by our progress. Civil rights have made the new south prosper. I mean, you could not have had the investment of Honda, Mitsubishi, Toyota, all of them have invested in the south, the new professional athletics teams in the south, the Olympics in the south – the new south has been born again because of the civil rights laws. And so the irony is those who would benefit the most become oftentimes the most mean or the most frightened.feedback

Chen Yin Shen

I don't think Chinese products are too cheap. Chinese products represent real value in the markets. I think that European products ask too much money. They're too expensive. They should reduce their (profit) margins sometimes and go into the real free market. That is more important. The Chinese car is actually good quality and the price is OK in the market.feedback

Shinya Uchiyama - Honda

The battery that is under the boot in the Insight we've moved to the centre of the car, freeing up space at the back. We've also improved the car's performance and balance by placing the heavy battery in the middle.feedback

Viki Hood - Honda

ASIMO has 57 degrees of movement; a degree of freedom refers to a direct comparison with a human joint. So ASIMO has 57 motors that can all work independently to make complex movements. A good example of that is ASIMO's hands, where we've increased the degrees of freedom from 2 to 13 in each hand, which allows ASIMO to move its fingers independently and to complete complex tasks.feedback

Marco Simoncelli

He was hit by other riders, he suffered a very serious trauma to the head, to the neck and the chest. In the ambulance there was a cardiac arrest.feedback

Eric Blumbergs - Honda

We have a goal of zero crashes eventually, and we also have a goal of safety for everyone. We believe this technology can help us achieve those goals (and) give the driver a stress-free and safe driver experience.feedback

Paul Mitcheson

The idea of wireless charging in vehicles really captures people's imagination. But, the idea of maybe charging medical devices is a key aspect where this technology can really have significant impact. And also things like charging your phone in your pocket. These things are not easy to do, but they are possible with this sort of technology.feedback

David Yates

We've got a transmitter, which transmits energy to this receive coil which picks up this energy and can then power various devices like laptops, mobile phones, or even electric cars.feedback

Eric Blumbergs - Honda

It is not a driverless car. A driver has to be in the driver's seat and has to engage the system. And the driver has to be available to re-engage when the system's complete with its function.feedback

Koichi Kondo - Honda

For us to post a bigger profit, it is essential to see a recovery in the North American market.feedback

Peter Mandelson

Nissan has already announced they are taking on another 150 employees at their plant in Sunderland and I know that Honda and other car companies are also expanding their work forces, in preparation for this scheme, so it's good for customers, good for the car manufacturers and it will give a lift to the UK economy as well.feedback

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