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Red Bull deny Honda power unit vibration issues

  • 21 Feb 2019 10:01
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  • By: Coilin Higgins

Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner has rubbished suggestions that have circulated social media and online that new engine supplier Honda is suffering from a vibration issue in its power units. Honda joins the main Red Bull team for 2019 after a year of supplying Red Bull junior team Scuderia Toro Rosso.

Despite a successful increase in both reliability and performance from the Japanese suppliers since their departure from McLaren at the end of 2017, many rumours have appeared that Red Bull are running a lower engine setting due to a proposed vibration issue within the power unit. However, Horner has rubbished ant such claims.

“There’s absolutely no vibration issue that we encountered at all in any of the running, " Horner told RaceFans.net. "So I’m not quite sure where that’s come from. Red Bull Technology, having dealt with the integration of the drivetrain with Toro Rosso during the last year, had a pretty decent knowledge of what to expect,”

After a shocking previous two seasons in terms of reliability using TAG-Heuer branded Renault engines, a switch to Honda for Red Bull has the team hoping that they can move towards the front once again. The team have gone on to complement the compact design and size of the Honda engine and remarks how easy it was to integrate into the new RB15 chassis for 2019.

“The integration of the engine into the chassis and drivetrain has been one of the best, if not the best, that I’ve seen we’ve been able to do," Horner added. "So it’s a very neat package."


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  • Well, there is only one way to know it for sure: the admittal from the RB-H camp. Either they are honest here, and they don't have a shaky rear *wiggle wiggle wiggle* (be it from Honda or RB), or they do but don't wanna admit it. Knowing RB, I think they'd out any issues like that if they were on Honda but gently shake them off, excusing Honda but simultaneously putting pressure on them.

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    • Feb 21 2019 - 20:16
    • Was watching today and even the lame commentators on Sky were pointing out that it looked like the RB had some extra dampening via beefed up struts. Or was that my imagination?

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      • Feb 22 2019 - 04:10
    • I missed it sadly, workhours didn't gel with the airings at all sadly. :)

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      • Feb 22 2019 - 12:45
  • siggy74

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    Give it time ;p

    Can you imagine the conversation behind the scenes,

    Cristian says "whos going to leak it to the press marko, you or me?"

    Marko "Christian i`m to old to push the cars round the track, even with the red bull gives you wings"

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    • Feb 21 2019 - 20:31
    • And then he says, Oh, and Christian, you want some fries with that shake?

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      • Feb 22 2019 - 04:09

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