After Verstappen made his sole pitstop just before the halfway mark of the race, he started to report a problem with throttle response in his Honda-powered Red Bull. The issue did not stop him catching and passing Charles Leclerc ‘s Ferrari for second in the race, but it was something that could not be fixed and Honda’s F1 technical director Toyoharu Tanabe told Motorsport.com that initial analysis traced the issue to Honda’s power unit control. “We tried to improve it with some different settings during the race after the pitstop,” said Tanabe. “Then the driver compromised the application of the throttle. “We are very sorry about the trouble during the race. Today, the problem didn’t give him a big deficit in terms of position. But there was a big chance to give him a big deficit, it depends on the race situation. “We should be perfect enough to supply our drivers and teams in terms of power unit performance.” Read Also: Verstappen hurt by throttle response issue How Honda’s redemption became Red Bull’s relief Verstappen’s ability to make the finish capped an impressive season of reliability for Honda, which completed the entire year without a race-ending failure on either Red… Read full this story
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