Honda starts the last races optimistically: ‘Difference with Mercedes has become smaller’

Motorcycle supplier Honda will do everything in its power in the coming weeks Red Bull Racing on Max Verstappen to help in the title fight against Mercedes on Lewis Hamilton. Toyoharu Tanabe emphasizes that there is a lot of work to be done, but has certainly not given up hope.

The 2021 title fight is approaching its blood-curdling denouement. With only two races left in the championship, the difference between Verstappen and Hamilton is minimal. The Dutchman currently has an eight-point lead over his major competitor, while Mercedes leads the constructors with a meager five points. So anything can still happen. “We still have two races to go. One in Saudi Arabia and one in Abu Dhabi a week later,” Tanabe told Japan’s AS-web. “We have to make sure we look back on what we’ve done this year and what we can do in the last two Grands Prix. We have a lot of work to do.”

Honda is not worried

Mercedes came in very strong during the Grand Prix of Brazil, but saw Red Bull Racing in Qatar come much closer again. “The characteristics of the track have a big effect on straight-line speed,” said the Honda chief. “But we feel like there was no longer such a big difference between Mercedes and Honda at the Losail International Circuit,” Tanabe said. “We will work with the team to get the most out of our bike and to ensure we are optimally prepared for the last two circuits.”

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In any case, Tanabe hopes that Honda can provide a surprise during the last two races of this championship, especially since the engine supplier will leave the sport afterwards. “Of course we always want to have the wind in our sails. We have had that a lot this year. At the same time, we also had a lot of headwinds and that’s how we finally got to this point,” he says, referring to Verstappen’s eight-point lead. . “As Honda, we now have to start thinking about what is possible, instead of just following. That’s what we’re going to do in the next two races.”

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