Honda’s methodical, if not much anticipated, progression and development of their hybrid engine could get a boost in Monaco or Canada according to a report at AUTOSPORT. Honda still has 14 tokens to spend this season and they haven’t done so yet but it does seem like they are seriously trying to extrapolate as much as they can from each iteration—perhaps a testament to their methodology and practical approach to maximizing each application. Honda’s Yusuke Hasegawa said:
“We keep developing,” Hasegawa told Autosport. “It’s possible to introduce some of the updates even next week.
“But I don’t want to waste tokens for a small update so we need to decide when.
“In Monaco or Canada, we will introduce a new engine [as part of the cycle] so with that timing, we have to introduce something but we haven’t decided what just yet.”
They may have chosen to wait on their token spend and upgrade package but that doesn’t mean they aren’t finding gains with the current version of the V6 turbo hybrid power unit.
“Although we are using the same spec from round one to here, all the races we are squeezing power from the same engine by trying different settings,” he said.
“From Sochi and in Spain, we are trying to introduce most full power settings during the race.
“Normally, we try to use that power just for qualifying but because we need more power, we have introduced modes for the race and it was fine.
“It was very encouraging.”
Honda’s development cycle is a massive factor in McLaren’s performance and to be sure the team would like to see serious upgrades that produce serious gains. Running in the points is fine but not where McLaren aim to be.
Even with the increased power, some wonder if McLaren’s chassis is a limiting factor as well and it’s a good question if you consider Renault down on power yet Red Bull winning the Spanish Grand Prix. A testament to just how good the Adrian Newey designed Red Bull chassis is. Just how good is the McLaren chassis anyway?
Hat Tip: AUTOSPORT