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Honda aims to overtake Renault before end of 2017

Honda can leapfrog Formula 1 engine rival Renault before the end of the current season, says its motorsport chief Yusuke Hasegawa. The Japanese manufacturer has been fourth in the engine pecking order, behind Mercedes, Ferrari and Renault, since rejoining F1 in 2015. After changing its engine concept over the winter, Honda has struggled for performance and reliability this year, which in turn has put a strain on its relationship with McLaren. But Honda has shown progress in recent races, with the team scoring its first points in June’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix - where it introduced ‘spec 3’ - followed by a double-points finish in Hungary last time out. “I think we can keep the same...