Surprisingly, Honda’s first 2017 aero effort was the most basic of the lot; surprising because this is a company that’s been involved in Formula One for decades and now manufactures jet planes! “This looks like a bit of an afterthought,” says Rowland-Rouse. “It’s a standard fairing, with a skin wrapped around last year’s wing. The skin is a carbon-based rapid prototype [from a 3D printer]. We use this system all the time in F1; if we need a last-minute part, we churn it out and put it on the car.” Honda’s first solution didn’t work well: Marquez crashed and blamed the accident on the aero. But now that Honda know where the aero race is going, it will be interesting to see what they come up with next.