The Future's Bright for Honda As Jenson Pushes All the Right Buttons

Oliver TennantContributor IApril 28, 2008

What a difference a few months can make! The strategic genius and multiple world championship winner Ross Brawn joined the Honda F1 Team on the 12th November 2007 and now Honda have points. The signing was made during an off season in which Honda was licking its wounds after an absolutely disastrous season where they only just managed to beat the privateers Super Aguri by two points, a team that used Honda's 2006 car!

However anyone watching closely during that season of discontent would have seen Nick Fry signing some fantastic Formula One personnel. Loic Bigois and Francois Martinet were both signed from Williams F1 and then Jorg Zander and John Owen were signed from BMW Sauber. This coupled with the coup of getting Ross Brawn and also obtaining the services of Alex Wurz after he retired from racing with Williams F1 meant Honda F1 or really Nick Fry had done everything possible to ensure that the team didn't have to suffer like they did in 2007 ever again.

However early season testing form didn't promise anything special and by the time of the Australian GP Honda had been firmly written off. However what the press had failed to acknowledge was the private test Honda had done in Jerez the week before the first Grand Prix where they tested the package they were going to take to Australia. They didn't release any times from the test nor did they say very much about it at all but in typical Formula One fashion this signalled that things had improved.

So now four races into the season, Honda have been regular contenders for the midfield honours. With their first points in Barcelona thanks to some good strategical decisions and a solid drive from Jenson things are looking up. With small updates planned for the forthcoming races and a major package upgrade coming at Silverstone, Honda's target now has to be sixth or possibly even fifth in the Constructor's.

These improvements will take time is what Honda are keen to say but with the people now in place at the team it shouldn't be too long now before Jenson gets what he deserves.