Honda still can not assess the level of progressSeptember 16, 2019
Honda still can’t say exactly what progress has been achieved with the latest version of the power plant, this will become more clear after the Singapore Grand Prix.
The fourth engine specification was presented by Japanese motorists at the Belgian Grand Prix, where Alexander Elbon and Daniil Kvyat conducted its first tests. In Monza, Max Verstappen and Pierre Gasley received such engines, however, according to Toyota F1 Technical Director Toyoharu Tanabe, for completeness, you still need to work on a highway like Marina Bay.
“Judging by our data, everything works well. But when it comes to competitiveness compared to the power plants of other manufacturers, it is already more difficult to determine the level of progress, said Tanabe. – In Monza, a special version of the aerodynamic body kit was used; on the Italian route, the slipstream gives a huge effect, so we need more time to analyze everything.
I would prefer to receive information in Singapore, where maximum downforce is required, and then we can more accurately understand what positions we occupy. But other cars also significantly increased in the last two stages, so it’s hard to say.
In Monza we had a hard time. Two cars lost their starting position due to a fine for replacing power plants, which complicated our task for the race. On all four cars (Red Bull Racing and Toro Rosso) there were power plants of the fourth specification and, in general, during the weekend proved to be quite good.
As for the machine of Daniel Kvyat, we continue to study the causes that led to the leakage of oil. By the time he had to turn off the engine, the telemetry data indicated that everything was working fine. In general, I would not say that everything is fine with us, but not so bad either. ”