Honda is considering introducing an upgraded power unit at next week’s Canadian Grand Prix as it sets to bridge the gap to rival manufacturers.
While Mercedes, Ferrari and Renault have all used engine tokens in search of a major performance boost, Honda has had a more conservative approach so far.
The presence of token system means that manufacturers have to be tactful as to when - and how many - upgrades it brings to the engine.
But given that Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is a power-hungry circuit, Honda’s F1 boss Yusuke Hasegawa says it might be the right place to bring the upgraded engine.
“There is no doubt that power is very important for Canada, which is a very stop and go circuit," Hasegawa said. "Fuel consumption is also very important. I want to introduce some of the updates of course. We want to but we can’t decide, we can’t tell. So we will try to prepare.”
“Even just a 1% improvement or a 10% improvement we still need to use the same tokens, so in that case we would want to choose the 10% upgrade.”
Hasegawa says dyno tests in Japan have shown positive signs, but there are several hurdles in fast-tracking the upgrades to Montreal.
"Some of the updates that we have run in Sakura on the dyno I have seen have good results. The thing we have to do is confirm that technology is OK and the durability and the logistics to prepare.”
“The main focus of Honda's development has been around the turbocharger and internal combustion engine (ICE),’’ he added.
by Rachit Thukral