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Honda boss rejects F1 engine cap rule

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Earlier this month revealed that Bernie Ecclestone had suggested an idea to help Renault and Honda catch up with their competition.

The report claimed that a rule was being considered that would stop Ferrari and Mercedes from developing their engines once they hit a certain amount of horsepower.

While this would certainly help both Honda and Renault catch up, Honda's motorsport boss Yasuhisa Arai has made his opinion clear in that he doesn't want his competition to be handicapped in any way.


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When speaking about the idea of a power cap he said: "This is a strange idea, it is not Formula One, I hope no cap is the right way."

This is because part of the motivation for Honda is the engineering challenge that the sport provides, and being part of the chase, hoping to be the first team that can consistently challenge Mercedes for that top spot.

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Arai is adamant that Honda should only be rewarded with better results by making genuine progress compared to other engine suppliers on the grid, which is why he does not want the rules to be changed.

Exciting challenge

Arai stated: "The target is very clear: to exceed Mercedes. They will move to another level with more power, so we have to chase them and go beyond them.

"That is competition and that is Formula One. It is very exciting and challenging. I wish we can catch up and exceed soon."

Hopefully the other teams share this opinion, because although it would be good to have all of the teams on an equal playing field, to do it this way would be boring and they would be sacrificing the entertainment of the sport just so the other teams could catch up.

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