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This improvement to the Honda engine gave Verstappen his flying start on Imola

Max Verstappen 's race win at the Italian Imola was partly supported by the Honda engine, which gave him his flying start. In an analysis by Toyoharu Tanabe, technical director at Honda, it appears that with an upgrade to the starting system of the Honda engine huge steps have been made. Back in 2020, Honda was aware of the time that could still be gained at the start. The breakthrough achieved by the team could be fully tested in Imola, as it was mainly starts in the rain that the Red Bull struggled with. The key is twofold, and lies in a "combination of clutch control on the car and the torque requirement in the drive", Tanabe explains in conversation with Formel1.de. Read more...
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