Honda felt that his staff was getting near Mercedes in 2019, however then Mercedes accelerated its growth culminating in a dominant 2020.
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Honda head of energy unit growth Yasuaki Asaki has stated his firm needed to design an all-new energy unit because the one that they had final 12 months was not going to have the ability to problem the beastly energy unit Mercedes developed. He stated that Honda’s resolution to exit F1 on the finish of 2021 accelerated his staff’s growth as they poured in all their growth work for even the 2022 season within the 2021 engine which he now believes will problem the Mercedes unit on efficiency.
“I gave the instruction (six months ago) for us to start work on the new structure PU. I think the biggest concern on the Red Bull side was whether we’d be able to get it done in time, but we explained that with the previous PU we would not be able to beat Mercedes and that we would need the new PU in order to do that. In order to win, we needed to implement the new PU, and hence we started work on it,” Asaki defined.
He even stated there was skepticism inside his staff as many believed that they could not full the event. But all that modified when it was introduced that Honda could be leaving F1 on the finish of 2021, so everybody needed to create one thing that gained the world title as this was going to be their final alternative.
“There were some of our engineers who came to me directly and said we will not be able to do the development required in the time that we have. However, once everyone was informed of the news from President Hachigo that we would be leaving Formula 1, I think they understood the reason why I came to them and asked for us to get this new PU ready in that time,” he stated.
“So what I did was say to everyone that given that this is our last year it’d be nice for us to be able to demonstrate what it is we’ve achieved as Honda engineers. And with that everyone’s expression changed instantly really, and everyone kind of got to work on doing what needed to be done,” he added.
Asaki referred to as it “almost miraculous technological achievement”. “Changing the structure of the PU with only six months until testing and round one is an incredibly challenging thing to do. But thanks to the hard work that everyone put in together, we were able to get the development work done, we ran well in testing, and were able to get ready for round one. So if everything goes well, we think that this will be able to contribute to the capabilities of Red Bull,” Asaki explains.
Asaki revealed that Honda felt that his staff was getting near Mercedes in 2019, however then the silver arrows accelerated its growth which is why it had such a dominant 2020.
“We only have one year left so we have to be able to gain improvements from this straight away. Our objective is to beat Mercedes,” he stated.
“Last year just as we thought we were getting closer to them, they showed further improvement. So looking back on what we’ve learned so far, we’ve set even higher goals for ourselves and if their improvements are within what we’ve assumed them to be, then I believe we have the capability to compete with them,” he added.