Fans of the Woking team and Ron Dennis alike will be relieved to hear the latest prognosis of the Honda V6 Turbo Hybrid engine.
The power unit has been both unreliable and slow, though leaked information repeatedly indicates that the problems are primarily with the ERS motor generators.
Yasuhisa Arai tells F1i, “Our goal is to end the first half of the season with precise energy management and full use of the ERS to enable the drivers’ skills to shine through at this circuit.
“The Hungaroring is a twisty track that’s mostly made up of continuous slow- to mid-speed corners and various elevation changes that makes it very difficult to overtake. Each corner is technical and tight, but there is a certain flow to it that makes it different from a stop-and-go circuit”.
“Due to its lack of long straights and full-throttle sectors, this track is less strenuous for the power unit compared to most circuits. However, the frequent undulation requires more precise energy management and deployment at lower gears and corner exits.”
If Honda have resolved the issues that have plagued their MGU-K and MGU-H motors, this would indeed be a significant step forward for the McHonda partnership.
Roll forward a few weeks to Spa and Monza, and we’ll also see how Honda are also faring in the absolute power stakes.