Honda ‘encouraged’ by problem-free first F1 test

Honda say that they are ‘encouraged’ by the progress made throughout the first Formula 1 test week in Barcelona ahead of the 2019 season.

Since their return in F1 in 2015, this has been the first time Honda has completed more laps than any other engine manufacturer, with Red Bull and Toro Rosso getting a total number of 957 laps through the four days of testing.

Both teams showed great reliability and the Honda engines showed signs of performance too, as Daniil Kvyat and Alexander Albon managed to set very impressive times in their Honda powered STR car at the Circuit de Barcelona Catalunya throughout the third and fourth days.

All of this lead to Helmut Marko claiming that Red Bull have never had such a good pre-season before.

“For this first four-day pre-season test, working with both Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda and Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Honda, it was encouraging that we got through all our planned programme with both teams,” Honda F1 technical director Toyoharu Tanabe said.

“As for today, everything went smoothly and we acquired a good amount of data. It’s the first time in the hybrid era that we are powering two teams and at this test, we learned a lot in terms of how to operate with them both.

“There were no major issues with the power units throughout this test. Toro Rosso has completed 482 laps over the four days and Red Bull did 475, meaning that Honda PUs ran a total of 957 laps.

“We will now spend the next few days analysing all the data we have acquired here, in order to move forward with development in the final four days of testing next week prior to the first race in Australia.”

Foto-credit: Red Bull Racing F1

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