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F1: New fuel depletes Honda engine performance

Helmut Marko, Dietrich Mateschitz's right-hand man within the Red Bull team, assured that the Honda engine loses performance compared to 2021 when


Helmut Marko, Dietrich Mateschitz’s right-hand man within the team, assured that the Honda engine loses performance compared to 2021 when using the new fuel, which incorporates 10 percent . This also occurs when the engines are frozen for at least four seasons.

Currently, the naturally aspirated engine in provides about 70 percent of total power. The high percentage speaks of its importance for the final performance of the cars. Plus, fuel supplier developments can give you up to 20 extra horsepower without touching the engine, as managed with last year to ward off this loss of performance. For its part, Alpine will use a completely new engine this year, with which they also hope to mitigate the power deficit they showed last year (they ran on E5).

“What I heard is positive, but the performance is still not the same as in 2021. In general, we will have to wait to see what it looks like in the race adjustment,” said Marko, who nevertheless maintains the world title as a goal of Red Bull for 2022.

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