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Turkey issues helped Honda improve wet starts

Max Verstappen at the Emilia Romagna GP. Credits: Red Bull Content Pool.

Honda admits that experience of struggles at the last year’s Turkish GP helped work on the wet condition starts.

Racing on a damp track is always challenging and it is important to have all the aspects on the high level. Last year at the Turkish GP, the race started in quite a bad way for both Red Bull Racing drivers Max Verstappen and Alex Albon as they struggled after the lights went out. However, two weeks ago at the Emilia Romagna GP, Verstappen had a brilliant getaway, whihch helped him take the race lead at turn 1 and eventually win the race in a dominant fashion.

The key to successful start of the Dutchman is the improved Honda engine and the technical director Toyoharu Tanabe gave an insight on what was done to the power unit to ensure successful starts in difficult conditions.

“We’ve been reviewing with the team the start settings, and thoroughly examining what went wrong in Turkey last year. We had to think about what settings we had to make to improve it. It was achieved through a combination of things: such as clutch control on the car side and output for the required torque on the power unit side,” Tanabe said.

“The start system is very complex and we continue to develop it with the team this year. The result is now clear though and we were able to prove the result of this development,” he added.

“I think it was very good that Max was able to pass Hamilton after the dash from the start. I think it was worth it,” Tanabe said in the conclusion.

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