Honda’s Motohashi happy with ‘satisfactory’ test results

by Harry Slade
Daniil Kvyat

Honda F1‘s Deputy Technical Director, Masamitsu Motohashi has stated that the Japanese marque’s testing results were “satisfactory” following the second day of the post-Bahrain Grand Prix test at the Bahrain International Circuit.

Honda which now powers both Toro Rosso Honda and their senior team, Aston Martin Red Bull Honda. This meant according to Motohashi that Honda supplied power units for “three cars” as Toro Rosso were also part of the Pirelli tyre test that was happening at the test.

Motohashi stated, “Once again today, we supplied PUs for three cars, one each for Aston Martin Red Bull Racing and Scuderia Toro Rosso and a further one for Toro Rosso who are also taking part in the Pirelli tyre test.”

Honda, who has had all four of their supplied cars in the points as Formula 1 has kicked off in 2019, aimed to optimise their power unit for the upcoming rounds at the test, building on their promising start to the season.

This led to Toro Rosso’s current incumbents, Alexander Albon, and Daniil Kvyat completing 143 and 111 laps respectively. Meanwhile, Red Bull junior Dan Ticktum – making his F1 testing debut – was also a centurion, with 135 laps on the board.

This strong day for the Honda-powered cars left Matohashi in good spirits ahead of the upcoming rounds, namely F1’s highly anticipated one-thousandth race at the Chinese Grand Prix.

Motohashi stated, “A generally trouble-free day meant we were able to make up for the time lost yesterday, with all our cars going past the 100 lap mark by the end.

“Once again, our PU programme was aimed at optimising settings for the coming races and the results were satisfactory.

“The work we have done over these two days and the feedback we have received will be put to immediate use as we prepare for next week’s third round of the Championship in China.”

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