Honda chief Yuske Hasegawa says the manufacturer is taking a high risk with its 2017 Formula One engine as they attempt a new concept. Since Honda returned to F1 in 2015, the manufactures have failed to meet expectations. Onver the winter break, Honda have completed a radicle new, high-risk design to try to close the gap to their competitors. “The concept is completely different,” Hasegawa told Autosport. “It’s very high-risk, we don’t know a lot of things about that new concept. “We know it will give us performance advantage but the biggest risk is whether we can realise that potential this year.” Honda will continue to focus on the internal combustion engine this season, but other components need to be developed. Which components, Honda don’t seem entirely sure about. “If we improve the engine itself, which means boosting exhaust gas energy, we need to boost the turbine otherwise we cannot perform at the same level in terms of deployment,” Hasegawa said. “We still have to do some tests and there will be some trial and error. I hope we have understood the direction and the elements to focus on. “But it’s not easy to combine the elements to realise the improvements on the ICE completely.” For more Formula One news and discussions head over to the RaceDepartment Formula One sub forum and join in with your fellow community members. Do you think Honda will be able to close the gap to Renault or Ferrari? Let us know in the comments below!