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Honda Formula 1 chief Masashi Yamamoto says they will now focus on increasing their power output with reliability in the bag.
Red Bull and Honda have been forced to change Max Verstappen’s engine after it began leaking oil in FP1 at the Spanish Grand Prix.
Ahead of Honda’s Baku upgrade, Christian Horner says he hopes Red Bull can close the gap to Mercedes and Ferrari by the midseason.
Max Verstappen and Pierre Gasly will race new engines at this weekend’s Azerbaijan GP with Honda introducing an upgrade aimed at “improved durability, life and better reliability”.
Honda’s Formula 1 technical director Toyoharu Tanabe believes the manufacturer’s results so far this season have been ‘reasonable’.
Representatives from Mercedes, Ferrari, Racing Point and Honda take questions from the assembled press in China.
Max Verstappen has been full of praise for how well Honda have integrated into the Red Bull set-up so far this season.
Red Bull chief technical officer Adrian Newey says Honda will soon match Mercedes and Ferrari for engine performance.
Lewis Hamilton believes the Honda power unit is close to rivalling the Mercedes and Ferrari engines.
Honda are well aware that a “clear performance gap” still exists to Mercedes heading into the Bahrain Grand Prix weekend.
The level of success Red Bull experience will impact upon Honda’s commitment to Formula 1 after 2020 says Masashi Yamamoto.
Having achieved a podium result in Australia, Honda are already dreaming of a first F1 victory with Red Bull and believe they can achieve it “around the summer.”
Former McLaren racing director, Eric Boullier, said he had a bad feeling about their deal with Honda from the very first meeting.
Mercedes boss, Toto Wolff, believes Red Bull and Honda could be a force to be reckon with following their display in Australia.
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.