At the end of a short but extremely intense Formula 1 2020 season, the Honda engine manufacturer is pleased to have not received any engine penalties this year with its four cars – an unlikely but impressive statistic considering the Japanese F1 engine suppliers recent past.
Accustomed to grid penalties (Honda F1 holds the record!) during its collaboration with the McLaren Formula 1 team between 2015 and 2017, the Japanese engine manufacturer has taken an impressive step forward this year in terms of ability and can boast of having followed the regulations this season, having used only three engines per car for the whole of the 2020 F1 season.
In addition to its progress in terms of ability, the performance of the PU Honda was also impressive this year, since the Japanese manufacturer is the only one to have achieved three victories in 2020 after Mercedes, namely the 70th Anniversary GP, Monza and Abu Dhabi GP’s.
After the victory of Max Verstappen this Sunday in Abu Dhabi, Toyoharu Tanabe, technical director of Honda in F1, is pleased to be able to finish this atypical 2020 season with another success.
“It was great to end the season with a victory for Max and Aston. Martin Red Bull Racing, to bring Honda’s total to three wins for the year. ” explains Tanabe.
“Max dominated the race, starting from pole, never having been under pressure from those behind him, leading up to the chequered flag. It was a fantastic performance. Alex [Albon] almost caught up with Hamilton for third place, but there weren’t enough laps to do so.
“As for the Scuderia AlphaTauri, Pierre [Gasly] again led an aggressive race with some superb overtaking and unfortunately, Daniil [Kvyat] lost some places after the pit stop and finished just outside the points in eleventh place.
“Overall, it was a good result for Honda to end the year. The Covid-19 pandemic meant that we had a very tight season.
“We had hoped to fight for the championship title with Aston Martin Red Bull Racing, but we have not been able to match Mercedes during the year, so it is clear that we have to work very hard to improve. our package. ” continues the Honda F1 boss,
“Still, there were some highlights, such as Max winning the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix and Pierre taking his first victory in F1, the team’s second in our 50th race with the team at its Grand Prices in Monza.
“Another positive point is that we have learned from previous seasons, improving our ability so that we only used the three PU’s allowed per driver, without suffering PU penalties,
“I would like to thank everyone involved in the Honda F1 programme for all their hard work during these dicey times, as well as all our friends at Red Bull and AlphaTauri.
“Their efforts are much appreciated and thanks are also due to the families who supported them.
“As previously announced, at the end of next season, Honda will withdraw from Formula 1. But our objective remains the same: to win the world championship.
“Together with our partner teams, we will now work very hard. during what will be a very short off-season in search of more performance, so that we can come back stronger. ”
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