Although the first major upgrade to the current Honda power unit package was initially earmarked for the Spanish Grand Prix, ahead of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix the Japanese manufacturer confirmed they have their new spec engine available for Red Bull and Toro Rosso.
In his preview of the Baku race weekend, Technical Director Toyoharu Tanabe said, “We will introduce the Spec 2 version of our internal combustion engine (ICE) across all four cars right from the start of the weekend.”
“One of the reasons for bringing it to this race is that we found that Daniil Kvyat’s PU problem in China was down to a quality control issue. The main benefits of Spec 2 are improved durability and life and better reliability. It also offers a slight improvement in performance.”
‟The fourth round of the championship takes place on the fastest street circuit on the calendar. The key features of the Baku track are the main straight, which is over 2 kilometers in length and the many right angle corners, typical of a city circuit,” added Tanabe.
This will come as good news for the energy drinks organisation whose driver Max Verstappen is verging on frustration as he is being sent to do battle in car that right now is not quite a match for Mercedes and Red Bull.