There were positive signs for Honda at their home race in Japan last time out, as their latest specification engine delivered a step forward in terms of performance. But in the pursuit of more gains and better reliability, the Japanese manufacturer have made more changes to the specification for this weekend and that means Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly and Brendon Hartley will be hit with grid penalties in Austin…
Honda sent the new spec engine back to their base at Sakura after the Japanese Grand Prix for testing and analysis and that has led to some “minor modifications” to the unit ahead of this weekend’s United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of The Americas in Texas.
Honda Technical Director Toyoharu Tanabe said: “After examining the power units used in Suzuka, we had some concerns and so we have decided to make these changes, which we believe is the best strategy for Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda for the remaining races of this season.
“On both cars, the new units will feature minor modifications to the specification when compared to that used in the Japanese GP.”