user icon

Toro Rosso pair excited about upgraded Honda power unit

  • Published on 05 Oct 2018 05:23
  • comments 0
  • By: Harry Mattocks

Toro Rosso pair Brendon Hartley and Pierre Gasly have said that they are "very excited" about the potential performance boost that could come from the newest Honda power unit.

Both of the drivers trialled this engine at the previous Grand Prix in Russia, but Honda decided that further calibration checks were necessary and reverted to the old spec for the rest of the weekend. 

Red Bull will no doubt be keeping a close eye on how effective this upgrade is, as they have made the decision to switch to Honda power next year in favour of Renault, ending its long-standing relationship with the French squad.

Hartley said:  “We haven’t had an update for a long time. We did have an aero update which didn’t really work. We’ve definitely been waiting for an update on any description."

“I think the one from Honda is one that we're very excited about.We believe it will bring a good step in performance. I don’t want to say exactly how much but the truth is I don’t know the exact numbers. It’s a step that we’ll see on the lap time, which is important.”

Gasly added: “It’s a gain of performance, as I said in Sochi we don’t know exactly how much, it’s positive, we just needed to run a bit more with it to fine-tune it."

“It should give us more performance. I think in Sochi over one lap we looked better already and on Friday was quite positive, hopefully, similar here this weekend, after it’s going to be the first time we use it all race weekend. Clearly more optimistic in terms of performance I have been last few weekends.”

Replies (0)

Login to reply

BE Grand Prix of Belgium

Local time 

BE Grand Prix of Belgium

Local time 

Related news

World Championship standings 2022

Show full world champion standings

Test calendar

See full test schedule

Give your opinion!

Will Bottas challenge Hamilton for the world championship in 2020?

Driver profile

  • Team Alpha Tauri
  • Points 328
  • Podiums 3
  • Grand Prix 102
  • Country FR
  • Date of b. Feb 7 1996 (26)
  • Place of b. Rouen, FR
  • Weight 68 kg
  • Length 1.77 m
Show full profile

Team profile

Show full profile

Formula 1 Calendar - 2022

Date
Grand Prix
Circuit
-
Spain
-
Bahrain
18 - Mar 20
Bahrain
25 - Mar 27
Saudi Arabia
8 - Apr 10
Australia
22 - Apr 24
Italy
6 - May 8
United States of America
20 - May 22
Spain
27 - May 29
Monaco
10 - Jun 12
Azerbaijan
17 - Jun 19
Canada
1 - Jul 3
United Kingdom
8 - Jul 10
Austria
22 - Jul 24
France
29 - Jul 31
Hungary
26 - Aug 28
Belgium
2 - Sep 4
Netherlands
9 - Sep 11
Italy
See full schedule

Formula 1 Calendar - 2022

Date
Grand Prix & Circuit
18 - Mar 20
25 - Mar 27
Saudi Arabia Jeddah Street Circuit
8 - Apr 10
Australia Albert Park
22 - Apr 24
6 - May 8
United States of America Miami International Autodrome
20 - May 22
27 - May 29
Monaco Monte Carlo
10 - Jun 12
Azerbaijan Baku City Circuit
17 - Jun 19
1 - Jul 3
United Kingdom Silverstone
8 - Jul 10
Austria Red Bull Ring
22 - Jul 24
France Paul Ricard
29 - Jul 31
Hungary Hungaroring
26 - Aug 28
2 - Sep 4
Netherlands Circuit Zandvoort
9 - Sep 11
Italy Monza
See full schedule
show sidebar