“That has exceeded internal expectations, in terms of by race nine we have a win and we have had a couple of podiums.”
On that occasion at the Red Bull Ring when Verstappen won, Honda management were in attendance, with catalysed emotional scenes from the engineers who had suffered through unsuccessful recent years with McLaren.
“It was a very emotive win for Honda in Austria,” Horner continued.
“Some of their board members were there and they are starting to see, after all those painful years with McLaren, that the investment is paying off.
“Reliability has been strong – we still have all three engines available to use (per driver). They have only introduced new engines based on performance increments.
“We’re pushing for more in the second half of the year, which they have in the pipeline. Now they have tasted success and they see the benefit that success brings. After the difficulty of their reintroduction back into F1, the victory was the tonic they needed.”
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