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Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff is very impressed with Honda’s improvements and expects them to put Red Bull in the title conversation.
Scoring a podium on their first race with Red Bull, Honda’s F1 technical director Toyoharu Tanabe admits that has taken some of the pressure off the engine supplier.
Lewis Hamilton is looking forward to a three-way battle this season after a strong debut showing for the Honda-powered Red Bull.
Such has been Honda’s improvement over the winter that Toto Wolff says Mercedes need to be prepared for a “big fight” with Red Bull Racing.
Max Verstappen is “very happy” with P4 on the grid for the Australian Grand Prix and has “no issues” with the Honda engine.
It is that time of year when everyone has a prediction about the season ahead with Mika Hakkinen saying he doesn’t believe Honda can take the fight to Ferrari or Mercedes.
Red Bull team principal Christian Horner believes Honda are the “missing ingredient” to make the team title-contenders again.
Honda’s motorsport boss Masashi Yamamoto is confident the Japanese manufacturer will rise to the challenge of powering Red Bull toward a F1 title tilt.
Although Honda insist it is “not a big concern”, they will revised the packaging of their engine prior to Melbourne as what they ran in testing was “too aggressive”.
Pierre Gasly was cautiously optimistic about Red Bull’s chances of success this season with Honda power.
Red Bull are ready to face short-term pain for long-term gain with Honda power by taking engine penalties.
Pierre Gasly, the only current driver to have spent two years with Honda power, reckons the Japanese manufacturer has made good progress during the winter.
Red Bull’s motorsport advisor Dr Helmut Marko believes Ferrari are the team to beat, but his outfit have the performance to win races.
Red Bull’s Pierre Gasly has seen increases in performance with the Honda engine, and that is without pushing it “flat out”.
Coming through the opening test unscathed, Honda says they are “encouraged” by the performances of both Red Bull and Toro Rosso in testing.
Red Bull boss Christian Horner has denied that there are any vibration issues with the new Honda power unit.
Honda technical boss, Toyoharu Tanabe, does not believe the Japanese engine manufacturer are now feeling extra pressure from Red Bull.
Daniil Kvyat has said he was not targeting being the quickest on day three of testing after he topped the timesheet.
Having watched Max Verstappen put in the first laps in the RB15, Christian Horner is full of praise for the team’s new engine partner, Honda.
Max Verstappen declared himself happy with Red Bull’s opening showing at pre-season testing in Barcelona.
Toro Rosso team principal, Franz Tost, is upbeat about the impact Honda can have on both Red Bull and the junior team this season.
Max Verstappen has declared himself “very happy” after driving the Honda-powered RB15 on track for the first time.
Toro Rosso and Red Bull will run the same specification engines throughout 2019; that’s according to Honda’s F1 tech director Toyoharu Tanabe.
Toro Rosso have used last year’s Red Bull RB14 as the basis for this year’s STR14 with both teams’ cars set to be powered by Honda this season.
Honda have urged Formula 1 bosses to put an end to any “grey areas” that may be open to interpretation with regards to the sport’s engine regulations.
Red Bull are once again talking up Honda’s chances ahead of the new season while having yet another dig at Renault.
Renault are not convinced of Red Bull’s claims about their Honda engine, saying on-going reliability issues will hamper their progress.
Red Bull may be bigging up Honda, however, Pierre Gasly concedes it could be some time before they catch the front runners as their development is “never consistent.”
Daniel Ricciardo claims he was in limbo over whether to give Red Bull another year or to jump ship to Renault.
Honda have set their sights on having the third most powerful engine on the grid for the season opener at the Australian Grand Prix in March.