‘Honda packaging a little bit too aggressive’

Date published: March 4 2019

Red Bull: Honda packaging too aggressive

Although Honda insist it is “not a big concern”, they will revise the packaging of their engine prior to Melbourne as what they ran in testing was “too aggressive”.

Honda had their best pre-season to date, powering both Red Bull and Toro Rosso without any major hiccups.

The two teams covered 1768 laps, 8230km, with Red Bull team boss Christian Horner proclaiming the Honda engine to be a “thing of beauty.”

But while he is happy, Honda admit they are not entirely.

“We don’t have a serious problem with the current installation, but we found some issues because of the tight packaging,” Honda’s F1 technical director Toyoharu Tanabe told Autosport.

“The shape was a little bit too aggressive, so we need to make it a little bit different.

“It’s not a big concern.”

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Tanabe conceded there is still work for Honda to do before they can catch the likes of Ferrari and Red Bull.

Asked if he was happy with Honda’s improvements over the winter, Tanabe joked: “Never happy, actually!

“Of course we have a target. And a target through the year as well.

“We are not so confident with the current achievement.

“Still there are a lot of areas we need to work on to catch up to the top competitors.”

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