Honda admits: ‘Engineers set new schedule for Red Bull’
By Srihari HS 25 maart 2020 | 14:25
After refusing to participate in the Australian GP, Honda explained their plan for the coming days. Toyoharu Tanabe told RACER how they are managing the relationship Red Bull Racing and AlphaTauri in these quarantine times.
Honda faced a big logistical challenge when it left Melbourne. “Most of the work that had to be done after the cancellations were in logistics. We had to get the personnel, power units and all the tools back to the UK and Japan.”
“Some team members flew back earlier, some team members as planned on Sunday night or Monday,” Tanabe said. Honda instructed each team member to go into self-isolation for the first two weeks after returning from Australia. These people are still working from home.
Honda has a new plan for 2020
The Japanese are working hard on an alternative game plan for 2020: “As soon as we knew that the race was cancelled, we started working out a new schedule with our engineers in Japan. In this, we are considering some possible scenarios in the near future”.
“We are still very much in touch with Red Bull Racing, Scuderia AlphaTauri, and Red Bull Technology. However, we keep this contact mainly through video conferences and emails and not so much in person,” the Japanese engineer emphasised. In consultation with the relevant parties, Honda is now outlining a new strategy for bringing engine updates.
Honda working through restrictions.
Honda has to do business from Asia, while many Formula 1 teams have an engine manufacturer that is relatively around the corner: “The obstacles Honda now faces, compared to other manufacturers located in Europe, require flexibility in dealing with restrictions imposed on us by different governments.”
“But even in a regular season, you have to be prepared for everything in terms of technical and logistical decisions. So as soon as we get the green light, we are ready, with our heads held high,” Tanabe added. We look forward to seeing how Honda will help Red Bull and Max Verstappen become world champions in 2020. (Photo: Red Bull Content Pool / Getty Images)
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