The Japanese manufacturer believe that they have found the solution to the problems of MGUH in the engine of the McLaren MCL32. On the second day of Bahrain’s post-race test, Stoffel Vandoorne completed 81 laps without problems and finished the fourth fastest time of the session, only eight tenths behind Valtteri Bottas’ Mercedes. The engine supplier interprets this as a good sign.
Following the problems of MGUH during the Bahrain Grand Prix, Honda concentrated their efforts on analyzing the problem before the test. Based on this analysis, they took provisional countermeasures in the power unit and chief engineer Satoshi Nakamura believes they can confirm the direction of the solution after the session. Nakamura said they have also made progress with the engine maps in order to provide better driving and reduce vibration.
Nakamura believes they are on the right track and was convinced they could extract more power from the current engine configuration. “Although we are still behind our competitors in terms of performance, we are confident that we are on the right track. We believe that our engine still has more potential and we will continue our development using all the information we have compiled in this test to reduce the distance with our competitors as soon as possible” he promised.
Wednesday post race test times from Bahrain
|3||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso||1:31.884||0.604||68|
|6||Esteban Ocon||Force India||1:32.142||0.862||60|
|7||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso||1:32.213||0.933||61|
|10||Pierre Gasly||Red Bull||1:32.568||1.288||65|
|12||Sergio Perez||Force India||1:35.015||3.735||70|