Max Verstappen seems to be quite comfortable driving his RB16-B. During the tricky Bahrain testing, the Dutch was able to top the timesheet quite impressively. Red Bull and Honda have in fact done a great job in providing him and his other-team mates with sharp enough tools.
Toyoharu Tanabe, Honda’s engine Technical Director, final throw of dice seems to be working out for Alpha Tari as well. The 20-year-old rookie Yuki Tsunoda who replaced Daniil Kvyat was also seen topping the classification chart on day three of testing.
“From Honda’s side, in order to improve our performance, we have modified many of our PU components so that we effectively have a new PU for this season,” Tanabe said, reflecting on the team’s achievements over the testing weekend.
“Compared to last year, the new one has more power, a lower centre of gravity and is very compact. Therefore, apart from the power increase, the PU has also improved the overall packaging. And therefore performance of both our teams’ cars.”
As a matter of fact, the new Honda RA621H engine is quite reliable. Both the teams, Red Bull and Alpha Tauri, were able to complete 790 laps in total throughout the testing weekend.[Almost 4275.48 KMs].
It’s quite crucial for teams to put their cars to the limits before the season begins. To find out what’s working and what is not. Considering the mileage, both teams are way ahead as compared to others and the relevant data acquired will help the Hondas adding further upgrades.
This year, ever-consistent Sergio Perez is racing instead of Alex Albon for Red Bull. The Mexican drove his RB16-B on Saturday, but unfortunately, his engine cover came off dramatically. Finishing 8th on the classification chart, Perez was able to complete 177 laps of the Bahrain circuit.
Pierre Gasly, who was 2nd fastest on day two of testing, completed 234 laps throughout the period. His young rookie teammate, Yuki Tsunoda completed 185 laps debuting with the Alpha Tauri.
Honda’s last attempt to challenge the Mercedes
As revealed in October last season, Honda is pulling out of Formula One once again at the end of 2021. It was due to this reason the management decide to introduce new PU developments this year, which was postponed for the year 2022.
Using all of their technical knowledge before leaving the sport seems like a clear, desperate attempt for winning the championship title. Something they have not achieved yet.
“This will be Honda’s last year in Formula 1 and we feel we are very well prepared on all fronts. From the PU to the chassis to our two strong driver line-ups.”
“We will take every race as it comes as we strive for our ultimate goal of winning the world championship.”
Red Bull won the constructors championship last in 2013 and since then they’ve been unable to reiterate their success. Their chances of finishing first and giving the outgoing engine partner Honda the best send-off possible, are better than ever before.
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