Max Verstappen said his first tests with Honda left him with a very positive impression of the power unit and the team behind it.
Verstappen was frustrated by the driving characteristics of his Renault power unit in 2018 but said he is happier with the feeling he gets from the Honda.
“I think for me what was the most important is to just feel the new engine,” said Verstappen. “It’s a completely different power unit so I just wanted to get used to drive-ability, I wanted to understand down-shifting, all these kind of things.
“And I was very positively surprised, it was all feeling very good. We didn’t really have to change a lot around it to make it really drive-able and nice. So that was a big positive.
“I was also surprised with the reliability because we did a lot of laps and we basically never really got stopped by any issues. That’s of course what you want in testing. So very impressive first few weeks.”
Verstappen said he is equally pleased by the relationship the team has with its new power unit supplier.
“I think also working together with the Honda engineers was really nice and pleasant because they knew exactly what I was talking about. We really understood each other, the communication felt very easy going.
“That is very important for the season ahead, especially in critical conditions in the race when you don’t have a lot of time to decided I think we already understand each other very well. That’s why I think also those first few weeks they are very important to get to know each other a lot more and feel and understand each other and the way you are working. So a very positive two weeks.”
Pictures: Red Bull drivers visit Honda
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