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Honda Reveals Details of Canadian GP Engine Upgrade

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Honda has revealed some of the details regarding the Formula One engine upgrade it is expected to bring to the Canadian Grand Prix this weekend.

The manufacturer’s technical director, Toyoharu Tanabe, confirmed that the upgrade was focused around the internal combustion engine (ICE) and stressed that Honda was being careful not to hurt the reliability of the power unit.

“The updates are mainly to the ICE, focusing on improving performance,” Tanabe said. “The Montreal circuit is known for its long straights, where over 60 percent of the lap is spent at full throttle. There are slow corners after the long straights and this means that good drivability is again important as is rapid turbo response.”

Tanabe also stated that both Toro Rosso cars would benefit from the engine upgrade and estimated it would be worth about 27 brake horsepower, which represents a decent chunk of speed especially at a venue like the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

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“All these features mean that the power unit is one of the key elements here, which is why it has traditionally been the venue for engine manufacturers to introduce updates.”

Red Bull Racing said it will be using the Canadian Grand Prix to assess whether to switch to Honda power for 2019, though Renault—its current engine supplier—has made it clear it is unhappy at the team for delaying its decision past the deadline it had set.

Renault will also be bringing engine upgrades to the race, presumably giving Red Bull everything it needs to make an informed decision.

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