I'm still certain that the Honda F1 project for 2015 is just an extension of PURE and that Gilles Simon has been in Japan for some time,
while Craig Pollock will soon materialize in a Honda-skirt. Remember that it was Pollock who bought Honda back to F1 the last time.
no way Honda is an extension of PURE, for the same reason PURE was not Ferrari (Simon used to be Ferrari man), Toyota was not Ferrari and vice versa (Luca Marmolini), Ferrari car is not Mclaren (Fry), Merc car is not Ferrari (Costa), or Mclaren (Lowe), STR is not either Sauber or Force India (James Key), Ferrari will not be Lotus (Allison), etc.
it's exactly because PURE discontinued that Simon was available and Honda approached Simon. He was involved in actual rule making process, so knows about new rules to the finest details, so hiring him would give them sort of short-cut and head start. That for them was simply v reasonable choice. In terms of interpreting rules and getting informed of and undated with what's behind and beyond the set of written texts, there's no one like Simon.
Pollock? It's not that i'm following this very closely, but i've never seen his name mentioned related to Honda this time at all. Also it's not true that Pollock brought Honda back to F1 last time. Honda originally was preparing to come back as full manufacturer, but abandoned due to internal situations. BAR just happened to be there.
Arai: "It is true that Gilles Simon participated in the drafting of a new regulation on the motors in the FIA, it is true that we have received from him some information about the technology, but this does not mean that Gilles participates in the development of the engine. Designing a new motor engineers Honda, Simon is not involved in this process."
So it looks like they are using Simon as a consultant to interpret the FIA regulations. Pollock is a businessman, not an engineer. Honda already has a partnership agreement with McLaren.
yip that's what Arai said on 14th June PC in Japan. Simon is consultant giving advice for Honda, but isnt working inside Honda R&D (there's a rundown about the June PC several pages ago on this thread).
I was wondering about this "autosport on Arai" thing, coz there was nothing new in those articles, plus it was very rough&short and a month delay, but it seems Arai visited UK for Goodwood event last month, so probably they talked with Arai at that time.