Undoubtedly, no team will have used all of its maximum engine power on Friday. Not even Honda, because according to technical director Toyoharu Tanabe it was about the drivers making as many meters as possible.
“The first two practices took place in completely different conditions. The first practice started in daylight, the second at sunset. The second practice was therefore the most relevant, as it took place at the same time as qualifying and the race.”
Honda thinks it can still take steps
For Max Verstappen, Sergio Perez, Pierre Gasly and Yuki Tsunoda, the motto was clear: make meters. Not just for themselves, but also for Honda. “As this is Formula 1’s first time visiting Qatar, it was important for all our drivers to complete as many laps as possible.”
“Not just for himself,” continues Tanabe-san. “But also for the teams, so that they can collect as much data as possible,” said the Japanese, who is working hard on that data on behalf of Honda. He thinks that in terms of motor skills, much more can be obtained from the Honda package in Qatar with this data.
“It is clear that we can gain even more performance from the power source this weekend, so we will analyze all data from Friday to Saturday so that we can improve with both teams for qualifying and the race,” said Honda.
Incidentally, all four drivers did not do badly. Gasly was faster than Verstappen and Perez, while Tsunoda also managed to stay ahead of the Mexican in the second free practice. For example, four Honda bikes were in the top eight of the most representative session.