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Honda defiant over claims of setbacks with 2019 engine development

Written by  Jan 11, 2019

Honda has issued a defiant response to reports from Germany last week claiming of two key setbacks with the development of their 2019 engine.

As the Japanese manufacturer prepares to supply both Red Bull and Toro Rosso this season, Autobild suggested there was disagreement between Honda and a consultant AVL.

However, a spokesperson denied there was a partnership between the two parties and that it was the possibility of working together that fell through.

"It is not a fact that we cancelled our partner contract with AVL because we have not signed a partnership agreement with AVL in the first place," the spokesperson was quoted by GPFans.

"It is true that Honda was talking to work together with AVL, but there is a gap between what Honda is seeking and what they can do and we have not concluded. There must have been a misunderstanding."

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The other issue surrounded the engine itself and an inability to test at full power because of vibrations coming from the Internal Combustion Engine.

Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko seemed to confirm the claim by ensuring "we are taking appropriate measures" and Honda also didn't deny it.

Instead, the company simply said the severity of the situation could not be confirmed until pre-season testing begins next month in Barcelona.

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