"My goal was to catch up with the Mercedes AMG in the last year. However, due to the efficiency of the turbo, I was able to go to a good place at high altitude, but I am still losing at low altitude. "
“We have developed with the goal of catching up with Mercedes AMG even on the flat ground. If we manage to catch up this year, we will fight through the year in a way that any of the 3 strong teams can win and if we can win the championship. Is my current goal."
"I will suck out this combustion concept. For the first time after trying it, I can tell if there is extra power here or there is room for improvement, and if I improve it, I find that I can do it again (to bring out the performance) ... It's a battle to reach the final point by speeding up as much as possible.
In that sense, there is still room to spare. I've said that for a long time, but I haven't reached the final point yet. I thought I could get there by Spec 3 this year.”
"At the start of Australia, the development of Spec 2 was progressing quite a bit, but the confirmation work was delayed due to the shutdown, and some were missed. However, the development was as expected. The Austrian spec 1.1 is what I did, even though it wasn't perfect.
Some, if not all, have changed completely. Some of these are technologies that were collaborated (with other departments) following the evolution of MGU-H (*) development with Honda Jet and joint fuel development with ExxonMobil."
Honda focus in spec 1.1 is to improve reliability and durability.
This will change how you can use it in actual battle.
The radio message "Engine 11 position 5" that was talked about at the Austrian GP last year is exactly that. This was the setting of how to run by twisting out the power while allowing damage to the power unit.
When I got the victory in Austria a year ago, I started from "engine 11 position 2" and attacked until "position 7", and even borrowed the damage accumulated from the next race onward .. That's why it was an overtake play.
It will be more aggressive and usable this year. With durability, you can do that.
"This development has the highest reliability, but if it becomes more reliable, you can use the power mode more. The combustion system is also slightly higher, and the turbo is changed in addition to the combustion system. We are considering how to use it, how to attack it, and how to protect it, along with the results of durability confirmation at HRD Sakura.”
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