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Honda delighted after Red Bull and AlphaTauri impress

After watching Red Bull and AlphaTauri complete 422 laps over the course of winter testing in Bahrain, Honda were no doubt pleased with what they saw. Although there were some minor hiccups, it was nothing the Japanese engine supplier is overly concerned by.

Perez Bahrein test
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Winter testing is over for Formula 1 teams with Honda technical director Toyoharu Tanabe particularly pleased with the work completed by Red Bull and AlphaTauri.

Honda supply the two teams with engines and both stood out when it comes to performance over the course of the weekend. Max Verstappen and Yuki Tsunoda finished Sunday one-two, but perhaps more impressive was the amount of laps completed by the two outfits.

"Over the three days AlphaTauri completed 422 laps and Red Bull did 369, making a total of 791 for the Honda Power Unit, equivalent to 4,281 kilometres," Tanabe stated in a press release. "This satisfactory mileage means we now have plenty of valuable and relevant data to study to help us prepare for the first race of the season, which takes place on this same track."

Tanabe admits there were some minor issues to deal with throughout the weekend, however that's to be expected as teams work out issues ahead of the start of the season.

"As with all tests in this early part of the year, there were a few problems on the PU side and the chassis side, but overall, the reliability and general performance level of both cars was good and we got through all our planned programme with both teams," Tanabe added.

"We will now have a busy two weeks, looking at what we have learned and implementing any necessary changes in order to be in the best possible shape for the Bahrain Grand Prix, because we are determined to have a strong start to the season."


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