Thursday May 17th, 2001
Canadian Jacques Villeneuve believes that Honda's decision to supply two teams in Formula One this year will not help the Japanese company improve its engine.
Honda, who returned to Formula One in 2000, supplied solely British American Racing last year but now also power the Jordan cars, and Villeneuve believes that the demands on the company to supply twice as many parts will hamper their development.
"I don't think it's positive," Villeneuve said. "It doesn't push you towards a better development and that is not a useful thing. But it's less risk for them.
"I guess that Honda prefer to have their fingers in two baskets and if one is better then they're there."
Honda used a similar tactic before, when they supplied Williams and Lotus in 1987, and chose Lotus to go it alone in 1988. However, it is understood that both teams have contracts in place with the Japanese marque for next year.