Toro Rosso boosted by Honda engine upgrade for Canada
With its circuit made up of short blasts linked by tighter corners, Canada is traditionally a race where manufacturers like to introduce power unit modifications because the benefits are more keenly felt. And heading into the weekend Honda have confirmed that both Toro Rosso drivers will have access to a new-spec version of their RA618H unit for the race, with changes predominantly to the combustion engine (ICE).
"We are introducing an updated PU for this event, fitting it to both cars," said Honda Technical Director Toyoharu Tanabe. "The updates are mainly to the ICE, focusing on improving performance.
"The Montreal circuit is known for its long straights, where over 60% of the lap is spent at full throttle. There are slow corners after the long straights and this means that good driveability i s again important as is rapid turbo response.
âAll 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.
"Energy deployment is tricky and fuel consumption also needs to be monitored carefully. The Safety Car has been a feature of many Canadian Grands Prix, so we need to be ready to react and make the right strategy calls in order to have a good result."
With Red Bull boss Christian Horner saying after Monaco that a final decision on Red Bull's 2019 engine partner is 'a month or so away', and with current Red Bull power unit provider Renault also set to introduce an upgrade package for Canada, Toro Rosso's progress will no doubt be tracked very closely by their sister team...Source: Google N ews Canada | Netizen 24 Canada