Marko is looking for answers: "We are now working with different Honda engineers"
By Robert McGillivray 16 September 2020 | 11:59
After the second DNF in two weeks for Max Verstappen, Honda is under pressure. While the Japanese are receiving a lot of criticism, Helmut Marko remains calm and looks for explanations. In addition, the Red Bull Racing advisor goes deeper into Honda's future in the sport.
"Honda has made progress, but in terms of electrical power Mercedes still leads the way. We need to do something about that now," opens the Austrian to Auto Bild. Marko suggests that Honda has already closed the gap on engine power.
According to former Giedo van der Garde, this search for more power has cost Honda reliability. Marko has another explanation: "We are now working with other engineers. Maybe that explains the engine problems of Verstappen".
Verstappen with escape clause
Verstappen is, in theory, fixed until 2023 at Red Bull Racing, but can leave when Honda's strong performance is lacking. For example, the engine manufacturer, operating out of Sakura, should reach power within three-tenths of the Mercedes engine.
Marko knows it's now or never for Honda, especially because the dissatisfaction and frustration of Red Bull's star driver exploded in Mugello: "Verstappen has a permanent contract but we have to give him a competitive engine, we are aware of that."
"At the beginning of October, Honda will decide on its future in Formula 1," Marko said. For the time being, they're not sure whether they want to continue their collaboration with the Austrian partners after 2021. (Photo: Red Bull Content Pool/Getty Images)
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