FIA explains how Honda worked through F1’s lockdown

Jonathan Noble

situation in Europe.

was able to keep on working.


, he said: “We were doing developments for this season that we will not be able to introduce during [the season] itself because we had a long shutdown period before the start of the season, which has not been the case for other power unit manufacturers by the way.”

the situation.

because of attempts to be fair to everybody.

Delayed lockdown

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 than someone else’s.


 would delay downing tools until the season was underway.

“ Tombazis. “Not in terms of duration, but in terms of when it happened.

“because they happened to be in a particular country which was worse hit by COVID and therefore happened to be at a disadvantage.


The push to be treat everyone equally meant that if Honda had been ordered to join the others and shut down in the pre-season period, then there would have been a huge headache if the Japanese government had then ordered it to later also stop work in the summer.

 effectively reducing everyone’s development time. That would not have been a good outcome.

 be allowed to run its lockdown in the summer instead.

“ to have the shutdown a bit later.

“ then go back to the European teams and say, by the way we need to lock you down another month because Japan is locking down.

“ were able to do some work while the Europeans were in lockdown and they are making up for this now.

“ that's the best we could do with it.”

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