The Grand Prix of Portugal is also a challenge for the engine suppliers. The Algarve circuit will be visited for the first time in the history of the sport for the Formula 1 weekend this year. So, prior to the weekend, Honda could not rely on data it had already collected on the track in previous years, as it often can.
“It is certainly an interesting track,” said Toyoharu Tanabe, the technical director of Honda’s Formula 1 arm, starting his review of Friday at Portimao. “I think all drivers enjoy the challenges of the track. During the two practice sessions we focused on fine-tuning the engine in combination with the chassis so that its setup better suits the track.”
“We started the day with simulations, after which we were increasingly able to supplement it with data that we could actually collect on the track, in order to optimize the performance of the engine. We have the experience that we have on the other new ones. The circuits, Mugello and the Nurburgring, have gained use, allowing them to be more detailed, ”explains Tanabe-san.
The Japanese were faced with a major setback when AlphaTauri driver Pierre Gasly suddenly had to stop the fight during VT2. He parked his car along the track because his engine was on fire. The burning engine will undoubtedly have been an eyesore for Honda. The engine supplier of Red Bull and AlphaTauri is currently doing everything it can to find the problem, Tanabe explains. Although the cause of the fire has already been found, but the cause has not yet been found.
“Gasly’s incident during the second free practice session was caused by a power outage in the car. We are currently conducting an extensive investigation into the engine and chassis so that we can get to the bottom of the matter and determine the exact cause of the power failure. “said Honda’s ultimately responsible.
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