roon wrote: ↑
Wed Dec 13, 2017 11:40 pm
GhostF1 wrote: ↑
Wed Dec 13, 2017 3:21 am
carisi2k wrote: ↑
Wed Dec 13, 2017 1:35 am
Those good words seem to be about how well the spec 4 /2018 power unit fits into the torro rosso chassis and not about their relationship. It is safe to presume that the Honda engine has been running on the engine dyno and simulator at RBT since the Honda to Torro Rosso announcement and possibly even being backed to backed against the 2017 Renault.
I wish there was testing like the old days because not only would we have torro rosso running around with a honda engine already but Red Bull would most likely be testing the Honda engine as well with the expected break up at the end of 2018 with Renault. Honda would also have seen the issues with their 2017 engine much sooner and have been able to put into place solutions much sooner.
Put it this way, for the entirety of the 2018 season, RBR will have all the access in the world to Honda's progress and data, while also VERY likely giving Honda unprecedented access to their data from running the Renault.
Interesting situation. This is probably as close as a team can get to having two engine contracts for one season. If a customer team could sign two engine manufacturers in a season, this might ensure that they get factory-level support and performance.
Precisely. I'm surprised at the amount of people implying there would be no advantage... I'm well aware that customer teams do not get access to the engines and they are shipped off by the manufacturers post race every time. HOWEVER. Red Bull would surely be feeding Honda so much information next year, including past season information.. their deployment strats, engine mode data, speed with exact downforce level information, fuel usage, any requests from Renault during the race etc etc. It is ALL useful to Honda one way or another, even if just to have an extremely accurate yardstick.
This sort of scenario could really only ever happen with RBR and STR.