Reviews concern grows: Honda engine problem also at AlphaTauri

15:25  17 april  2021
15:25  17 april  2021 Source:   motorsport-total.com

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Honda has held to the Formula 1 season 2021. The drive of Red Bull And Alphatauri has become stronger. But this increase has apparently your prize: the reliability does not fit, at least not yet. Because both at kick-off in Bahrain and Imola, the Honda teams had to make unscheduled component changes on the drive .

The latest problem caught Formula 1 newcomer Yuki Tsunoda in first free workout. He himself speaks of "great difficulties" with the powertrain and complains, "I could therefore only drive four really fast rounds." After all, "For the second training we had the thing under control."

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"The thing" was according to Alphatauri team boss Franz Tost a "electrical problem on the powertrain, the wiring harness or the like," he explains. This was "bad luck" for his team and especially for Tsunoda, who is rooked as rookie on each meter in the formula 1 car.

equal to three Honda drivers are already at the Limit

But not only for Alphatauri is the engine situation a challenge, also Red Bull is affected, and not too short, as a look at the current engines overview shows: both Sergio Perez and Pierre Gasly and Tsunoda has already arrived at the permissible maximum for energy storage and unit electronics - before the second race of the year.

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These consequences could be heavy at the end of the year, especially for Red Bull, which accounts for opportunities in the World Cup title fight against Mercedes. Criminal dislocations could become a library on the scales, because this disadvantage would have to be competitive in the race.

Red Bull (yet) not in "Panic Mode"

Red Bull Team Chief Christian Horner is currently still far from a "panic mode" and radiates serenity in Imola. The reliability is not a specific red-bull Honda problem, but "the Achillesfer's all teams," he explains.

Besides, Honda is not a reproach. "Of course you always go to the limit," says Horner. "And they always worries about the reliability. But I prefer, something like that happens on a Friday as on a Sunday."

In fact, when the start-up race in Bahrain, it had also given Sundays difficulties: Perez was rolled out shortly before the race start and had had to initiate a reset of the vehicle in order to participate in the Grand Prix at all. He still brought P5 home for Red Bull.

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Alphatauri wants to go to the front midfield

P5 - this is about the region that Alphatauri is aimed at Imola. Especially Gasly is optimistic about the friday training for the race on Sunday. He speaks of "one of our best free days" in which his team was "very close" at the top.

In fact: Gasly finished the seats five and three, was finally found at the end of 0,78 seconds. And team boss Franz Tost speaks of a "competitive package", the Alphatauri laced for Imola.

The Italian Rennstall has already implemented updates on the car. Chefrenning Engineer Jonathan Eddolls refers to "a few new components" at the AT02, but does not go into detail.

Why Gasly is so optimistic

Gasly, however, actually acts euphoric: The car feel "really good", he explains. "From the beginning, I was able to make a lot of pressure to drive the car as I wanted. That's why I think we're fine."

you should not do the mistake now and expect too much of Alphatauri. "Of course, we realize that Mercedes is much faster and that you still have a lot in the hindquarters," he said at Friday evening.

But even on Saturday morning, it was good for Gasly and the team, though the other teams had ejected the drive as well as Alphatauri already in Friday Training. Result: P6, this time with 0.9 second residue.

To a fight for a podium, Gasly does not believe, but estimates Alphatauri as a candidate for good points, in the front midfield. Possible opponents? "I think of Ferrari, McLaren, probably also alpine," says Gasly. "Above all, it is important to keep the calm and stay focused."

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