Wed. Sep 23rd, 2020

Honda to deliver power boost for Red Bull and Toro Rosso

Honda Red BullThree of the four cars outfitted by Honda will race with the new engine this weekend.

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Honda is set to introduce new and more powerful engines for Red Bull and Toro Rosso at this weekend’s Formula 1 French GP.

The Japanese engine manufacturers are striving to close the gap they have relative to Mercedes and Ferrari. Honda admits that the engines have “not yet matched the figures from the manufacturers currently leading the championship” but expect their second upgrade of the season to deliver a power increase over the one raced in Canada last time out.

Max Verstappen and Pierre Gasly will run the engines in their Red Bull Racing RB15’s while Daniil Kvyat of Toro Rosso will take on the new unit despite having to take a ten-place grid penalty. Kvyat’s teammate Alex Albon has also used the maximum of three engines this season but he has opted to continue running the old engine.

“The changes to the previous specification are mainly around the ICE and the turbocharger,” explained Honda’s technical director Toyoharu Tanabe.

“Our test bench data shows a power increase over the previous version of our PU, however, we know that we have not yet matched the figures from the manufacturers currently leading the championship.

“But it’s a step in the right direction and we will continue our development throughout the rest of the season, calling on the resources of the whole company.”

Verstappen finished fifth in Montreal 57 seconds after race winner Lewis Hamilton but the Dutch driver is hoping to disrupt the hold Mercedes and Ferrari have had on the podium.

“We maximised things in Canada and we are working hard to improve all aspects,” said Verstappen.

“I feel comfortable in the car so I hope we will be able to challenge the frontrunners more closely in France.”

The French Grand Prix takes place on Sunday at the Circuit Paul Ricard, a street course through the village of Le Castellet near Marseille.

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