The Japanese engine manufacturer will bring a new specification of their 2019 F1 engine for the next race of the season in Azerbaijan with slightly more performance and improved reliability ahead of the very difficult race on the streets of Baku.
All four drivers using Honda engines will get a new V6 engine while it’s not yet known if they will get more new elements of ther RA619H power unit.
As drivers have three engines to use in this season, engine manufacturers usually introduce new specs around the seventh and fourteenth races, but Honda made an earlier introduction for reliability concerns and they have managed to extract slightly more performance.
“The new specification has improved durability, life and better reliability,” said Toyoharu Tanabe from Honda.
“We will also have slightly improved performance.”
Honda was pretty reliable in the first three races, but Toro Rosso drivers Kvyat and Albon had to use their second engines in China because of the problems they found on Kvyat’s power unit after the first free practice and Albon crash.
The Japanese engine manufacturer says that Kvyat’s problem is linked to the ‘quality control’ issue and that this is one of the reasons why they are introducing a new engine specification on the fourth race of the season.