Verstappen believes Honda engine penalties are misleading

10-08-2018 10:01
by Bobby Vincent
Verstappen believes Honda engine penalties are misleading

Red Bull's Max Verstappen thinks that it's wrong to interpret Honda's large amount of changes to their engine as poor reliability this season.

Honda supply the power unit system for Red Bull's junior team, Toro Rosso and Pierre Gasly and Brendon Hartley have used more engine elements than any other drivers this season so far.

The Japanese manufacturer have usually made changes tactically but sometimes have altered things when it's necessary - e.g. Hartley receiving new components after crashes in Spain and England.

Red Bull announced earlier this season, that their long-term partnership with Renault is coming to an end, and as of next year - Red Bull will have their power units supplied by Honda.

Max Verstappen insists that he's not at all concerned by the amount of changes that Honda have made this season to Toro Rosso's cars.

"I don't think they have had a lot of issues," Verstapped told

"Most of the time, maybe they had a bad qualifying so then it doesn't really make a lot of difference for them to take a new component, so that's what they are doing.

"I'm not too worried. And they still have quite a few races coming up to understand the package, and for next year it's going to be a new engine, it's different.

"They learn from their mistakes, which is good. It's happening on other brands, not only Honda. So, I'm not too worried."

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