By Christopher A. Sawyer
Honda’s re-entry into Formula 1 has not been easy. From an almost comical inability to complete laps in testing, to poor qualifying performances and running near the back of the field, it is not what was expected of a combination that, in previous years, seemed invincible. It’s not all Honda’s fault. Last year’s McLaren MP4-29 was Mercedes powered, but did not run near the front often, if at all. You could forgive the Germans for not giving long-time partner McLaren its best stuff for fear that it would be shared with Honda, but the chassis had its share of problems. The car lacked downforce, the chassis proved to be fickle, and McLaren spent most of its time running mid-pack.