Post by ~misfit~ Post by larkim
Just this week I listened to an Autosport mini-podcast which was praising
the Honda engine strategy, taking the newer spec 2nd engine early with an
expectation that it could go the full 7 race-weekend duty cycle to limit
the amount of penalties.
And then I read today that they are passing on new engines this weekend
to both RBR and STR.
Are they taking the 2nd spec iteration out of the pool, and running the rest
of the year as a development cycle on the 3rd spec? Or is this just an early
upgrade, and they'll revert to the older spec later in the year to manage
the penalty situation a bit better?
This the thing you watched http://youtu.be/f4tdWwnz8BA ?
Because towards the end they talk about how good it would be for Honda to get their Spec 3 engine
into the car before the summer break.
"Humans will have advanced a long, long way when religious belief has a cozy little classification
in the DSM"
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I didn't watch, it was on the Autosport Podcast - though they did say I
think that they cribbed it from another outlet of theirs, so that's probably
the same thing. It is the same audio, just checked.
"Before the summer break" to me implies UK or Germany, not France.
If their revised plan is to run the spec 3 engine for the next 14 races,
they'd better hope there are no reliability issues - I can see that being
a logical approach, but given they'd only run the spec 2 for 1 race, it
surprises me that they've not given that at least 2 or 3 race weekends to
run at full chat and get some feedback.
Am I understanding this properly then - they had Spec 1 for races 1,2,3,
then swapped to spec 2 in Baku and run this therefore for 4 races.
They are now swapping to spec 3 which they either are 100% certain will
do 7 races, as will engine #4 (presuming another upgrade). But if that's
wrong, they may end up needing a 5th engine with the consequent penalties.
That would be RBR taking 2x penalty hits.
I'm just surprised they've not run out spec 2 for another 2 races at least,
to reduce the risk of spec 3 not lasting the distance that they expect.