Sieper wrote: ↑
Mon Feb 22, 2021 12:11 pm
Imused to believe that. Until I saw Ferrari jump down into the low midfield this year. The car was improved though, the engine power down by 55-75 rumoured.
I still think even a 5 hp difference is significant. And Ofcourse deployment and torgue even more so.
Based on Honda's comments and a lot from the drivers and teams, fairly obvious now that Honda were never really lacking in outright power but their ERS deployment was their Achilles heel.
The fact they said they tried an entirely new deployment strat for Abu Dhabi and seeing the result they got is almost proof enough. If they have indeed found a big step in their first major PU overhaul since 2017, with a new ERS and Turbo in combination with improved ICE power, I can see them being a force.
I'm excited for testing, it being so short this year, I can't see anyone really affording to "sandbag" and seeing as the first race is also at Bahrain only 2 weeks later, one would assume teams would treat at least the end as a lengthened practice session for it. Who knows!
I'm just aching to hear them in anger again