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Behind the scenes from the Monaco GP reflecting on the win and the legacy of Honda, Yamamoto-san shares his thoughts.

https://note.com/hondaf1/n/n85457fde2d6a

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#life goals
Saishū kōnā

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https://honda.racing/f1/post/baku-setup

Welcome back, Baku! Baku Street Circuit

Toyoharu Tanabe
Honda Racing F1

We now come to the sixth round of the season, the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, an event that was cancelled last year because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Although the venue in Baku is a street circuit like Monaco where we won a fortnight ago with Max Verstappen and Red Bull Racing, it has very different characteristics. At a little over six kilometres, it is one of the longest circuits on the calendar and while the first and second sectors are typical of many street tracks, with several similar 90 degree corners, in the final sector the cars spend a long time at full acceleration. It is therefore important to find the right balance in terms of car set-up for the low speed corners and the long straight. With the PU, having good driveability is important for the low speed corners, while energy management is a factor for the long acceleration down the straight. As usual, we will base our settings on the data we have acquired so far this season, as well as from the 2019 edition of this race.

Yuki Tsunoda
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Baku will be another new experience for me and I should benefit from some lessons learned in Monaco, another street circuit. My plan building up to the race in Monaco was to maximise the number of laps I did in practice, but unfortunately in FP2 I hit the wall and for me that was the main downside of the last weekend. Even though I didn’t feel that I had lost confidence because of the crash, in Qualifying that last bit of confidence, for example in the fast corners, is very important so I learned an important lesson, especially for street tracks, not to go into the wall!

I really enjoyed my first time in Monaco, it was a fantastic experience and really fun up until that moment in FP2. In general, after five races now, I am feeling more familiar with the race weekend, there are less surprises and I feel more in control and I’ve got used to some of the things that surprised me earlier in the year, like all the media work at races on a Thursday. It was using up a lot of my energy but now I am more comfortable with everything which is a positive thing.

The technical aspect is still quite challenging, especially as in the current situation I have been struggling a bit with the car set-up. I believe that is normal as I have only done five races, but the important thing is that I am learning a lot about the car. My mind set is fine, I’m in good shape and things are going in the right direction. There is still some pressure, but I am enjoying every minute of being a Formula 1 driver and there is always something new to deal with at every new track. In Monaco there was even the new experience of seeing fans and hearing them calling the names of the drivers, which felt really crazy.

This week is Baku, I have never raced there before but I have driven it on the simulator of course. Most of the corners seem to be 90 degree turns and almost all the corners are taken in similar speed range so it will be interesting. It’s another street circuit, but it looks as though it might be a little bit easier to adapt to than Monaco. Hopefully I will be in a better situation there. Again, I will try and do as many laps as possible and my main aim will be to make sure I don’t get too close to the walls in practice and Qualifying. I will take the Monaco experience and everything I learned there and apply it in Azerbaijan.

I am pleased with the definite progress made by the team with the car since the beginning of the season. It’s true the results have not come together yet and I am on a steep learning curve. I spend as much time as possible talking with my engineers to learn more and I hope that will help me continue to make progress through the season.

A word from the other three drivers : ..............................

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Die Honda-Teams hatten am ersten Trainingstag noch die alten Motoren im Auto, während Mercedes und Ferrari schon auf die zweiten Triebwerke umgestiegen waren. Aus dem Team war zu hören, dass Honda am Samstag auch auf neue Antriebseinheiten umstellen wird.

The Honda teams still had the old engines in the car on the first day of training, while Mercedes and Ferrari had already switched to the second engines. It was heard from the team that Honda will also switch to new drive units on Saturday.

https://www.auto-motor-und-sport.de/for ... un-zeiten/

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A great win for Honda and Mexico! CHECO being car #11 is fitting!

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=D> =D> =D>



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Pierre Waché and Sergio.

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He can soon break the Mexican record for GP wins if he keeps it up.
.. OG.. OG.. OG.. OG..

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WOW!! What a weekend!!

Sergio 1st place, Pierre 3th place, Yuki 7th place and Max almost 1st place :cry: !!

4 Honda engines in the top 7! \:D/ \:D/ \:D/










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Perez leads a Honda Double-Podium In Baku.

Toyoharu Tanabe / Honda Racing F1

As usual, the Baku circuit produced a chaotic race, but in the end Sergio Perez who had run a strong second for most of the afternoon was able to claim his second ever F1 win and his first with Red Bull Racing and Honda, after defending his lead at the restart following the red flag. Really, the win should have gone to Max Verstappen who dominated the race until a crash, for which he was entirely blameless, put him out of the race with three laps remaining. Pierre Gasly also had a good afternoon, finishing third for Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda and for us to have two drivers on the podium, one from each team, is really fantastic. Yuki Tsunoda did well to come home seventh and score points in a tough mid-field battle so that the team has moved up to fifth in the Constructors’ classification. Today’s performance and having four cars in Q3 yesterday was down to a great job from all four drivers and both teams. Now we have a short break in which to prepare for what will be a tough triple header, which starts with the French Grand Prix. We are looking forward to it and will be working hard to try and keep winning.

Masamitsu Motohashi // Honda Racing F1

From a Honda perspective, we can be pleased with Scuderia AlphaTauri’s performance today as this circuit is very demanding for the Power Unit. The typical slow street circuit corners followed by the very long straight means that we have to consider the best combination of three factors – power, driveability and energy management and Baku is one of the most difficult circuits from that point of view. The final race result shows that we did quite well in terms of energy management and that is thanks to all the hard work and experience of staff in HRD Sakura and HRD UK.

A chaotic race like today’s is busy and demanding for the engineers. Of course, we had planned for various possible scenarios, working with the AlphaTauri engineers before the weekend and were well prepared and Pierre made the most of the opportunity to get on the podium once again. Apart from a mistake in qualifying Yuki also performed well this weekend, doing a decent job and scoring points. It was his first time in Baku and he made progress through each session. He had some tough race weekends before this one and has worked very hard to improve. Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda is now fifth in the Constructors’ championship but it is very close and there is still a long way to go. We have a good chassis and our PU is also performing well, so if we can keep having decent race weekends the results will follow, hopefully producing more podium finishes for Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda.
A few words from the drivers: ............................

https://honda.racing/f1/post/race-azerbaijan

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Masamitsu Motohashi on Baku successes:
https://www.as-web.jp/f1/707086?all
https://translate.google.com/translate? ... 7086%3Fall

Is someone able to translate this, Google translate is probably not very accurate.

They point to energy deployment strategies as key to the succes of all Honda powered cars.

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Thank you very much Wazari and his team for their work, their effort to reach this level of perfomance. Anything would happen in this season, but You proved Honda engineering is 1st class. I hope we all, the teams, fans, the people who love Honda brand all over the world wil have sweet fruit at the and of the season. Thank you for your brilliant job! Zo,Bp.

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Goldwing wrote:
Fri Jun 11, 2021 7:13 am
Thank you very much Wazari and his team for their work, their effort to reach this level of perfomance. Anything would happen in this season, but You proved Honda engineering is 1st class. I hope we all, the teams, fans, the people who love Honda brand all over the world wil have sweet fruit at the and of the season. Thank you for your brilliant job! Zo,Bp.
Well said @Goldwing! =D> Nothing to add.

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Cool poster for partners and staff:
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Wouter wrote:
Fri Jun 11, 2021 7:39 am
Goldwing wrote:
Fri Jun 11, 2021 7:13 am
Thank you very much Wazari and his team for their work, their effort to reach this level of perfomance. Anything would happen in this season, but You proved Honda engineering is 1st class. I hope we all, the teams, fans, the people who love Honda brand all over the world wil have sweet fruit at the and of the season. Thank you for your brilliant job! Zo,Bp.
Well said @Goldwing! =D> Nothing to add.
eh? Asaki and his team.

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Team job we know, too.