De Ferran ‘not enjoying’ Honda trough

Thu, 6 July 2006, 03:59

Sporting director Gil de Ferran says he is ‘not enjoying’ the trough that Honda is presently in.

The Brazilian, a multiple champion of American single-seaters but a relative newcomer to the world of formula one, admitted to Associated Press that all is not right at the Brackley-based team.

”What I’m not enjoying right now is we’re not doing as well as we’d like to,” he said.

”We haven’t kept pace with the development of the opposition, (we) haven’t developed the car and engine as much as our competitors, and that bothers me — a lot.”

Always finding the glass half full, however, is team principal Nick Fry, who thinks the situation has improved since the bombshell of technical director Geoff Willis’ demotion around the time of the Canadian GP.

”It’s calming down a little bit after Montreal,” he told Speed TV.

”We’ve got a big programme at Jerez this week for stuff that, if it goes according to plan, will go to Magny-Cours.

”So the skies are a little bit bluer.”

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