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Honda set for engine upgrade in Baku

  • Published on 19 Jun 2017 13:52
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Honda is looking good for an engine upgrade this weekend in Baku. Last time out in Canada, the Japanese manufacturer was hoping to get an upgrade in before the race weekend but it didn't come to light.

Honda has struggled massively this season in terms of speed and reliability and their relationship with McLaren currently lies in tatters. Honda's F1 chief Yusuke Hasegawa confirmed that an upgrade will be made to the combustion engine in Azerbaijan.

"There will be some kind of improvement in the combustion engine in Baku, he said. "I don't know if you can call it specification three, but we'll definitely introduce something even if it is intermediate."

Honda has reportedly been working hard on 'specification three' at Sakura to address the current power unit's problems, including excessive vibration and a 90hp performance deficit. Hasegawa, however,  played down hopes the new engine will completely end Honda's 2017 troubles.

"If you improve the combustion engine, the temperature of the exhaust decreases by being more efficient, which reduces the energy recovered through the turbo and MGU-H, making it necessary to change these parts too The situation is more complicated than people can imagine."

 

Fergal Walsh

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  • And yet they'll remain far off the pace and reliability

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    • Jun 19 2017 - 15:09
  • If they can even get 45hp that'd be great, as long as reliability and efficiency also increases. Honda really need to make this upgrade count.

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    • Jun 19 2017 - 17:17
  • If they can get reliability McLaren will score points this season. They have missed out at least 3 times because of reliability.

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    • Jun 19 2017 - 22:22
    • Agreed, and it seems like that is Hondas main priority. But will they deliver? The fact that they have a poor correlation between the track and the bench worry me.

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      • Jun 20 2017 - 18:22

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