Mercedes engine problems surprise Honda

Honda’s F1 technical boss Toyoharu Tanabe admits he is “very surprised” about the engine problems suffered by championship rival Mercedes in 2021. According to Honda’s works partner Red Bull, the rear wing disqualification in Brazil and ongoing engine reliability problems show that Mercedes is “on the limit” after seven consecutive title triumphs. As well as the DRS-related disqualification, and amid Max Verstappen’s claims that Mercedes’ rear wing also overly flexes, another problem for title chaser Lewis Hamilton in Brazil was a five-place grid drop for yet another new engine. “I’m very surprised they are changing the ICE (internal combustion engine) so frequently,” admitted Honda’s Tanabe.

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