Here is a question for any of you who count themselves as members of the motoring public.
Would you prefer to plonk down about $35,000 for a used Honda HR-V Vti-L and put your car buying worries behind you for the next 20 years, or would you instead choose to spend about the same money for a Renault Megane Intens Auto and spend every waking moment wondering if the bloody thing would start the next time you needed to go somewhere?
The answer is obvious and is the same one given by Team Red Bull. They have finally decided that it is impossible to win any F1 race you do not finish. Just ask Max Verstappen, who was the latest victim of Renault power plant failure in the recently run Hungarian Grand Prix. Bonus Bets
We cannot print what Verstappen had to say to his crew via his cockpit radio when his engine quit on him, but it was anything but complimentary.
Red Bull is switching to Honda motors for the 2019 F1 Championship and the public fallout between the team and engine builder has been providing a good source of entertainment.
Red Bull principal Christian Horner kept his remarks more family friendly, telling Sky F1, “I’m not going to get drawn into saying too much. But we pay multi-millions of pounds for these engines and for a first class, or state-of-the-art product, and you can see it’s quite clearly some way below that. It’s frustrating, that’s what it is. I’ll let Cyril come up with the excuses afterwards.”
It was not Cyril de Bergerac, but Renault F1 Managing Director Cyril Abiteboul to whom Horner was referring.
Abiteboul fired back, “Our bosses have stopped reading what Christian Horner is saying about us since 2015,” he told motorsport.com. “They will have their engine partner that will be paying a helluva money to get their product on board, and I wish them good luck. I have nothing else to say.”
If you want superb Bordeaux, you pick France. If you want a solid motorcar, it is hard to beat Japan.
Can the Hondas chase down the Mercedes and the Ferraris?
Perhaps not, but they will finish races, probably with quite a reserve of petrol in the tank.