Whereas Purple Bull-Honda had a transparent tempo benefit over Mercedes in qualifying at Sakhir final weekend, within the race there was little to separate the 2 groups.
That shift in kind opened the door for Mercedes to make use of an aggressive technique to assist Lewis Hamilton get monitor place over Max Verstappen, with the Briton holding on for the win.
Reflecting on the weekend, Honda says that one side that it’s going to take a look at intently is whether or not it might have been extra aggressive with its energy deployment in Bahrain.
Whereas groups want to make use of the identical engine modes in each qualifying and the races, there may be nonetheless scope to range a bunch of things – comparable to vitality deployment technique – and elect to decide on how aggressive the ability unit is run by way of your complete weekend.
Within the wake of what occurred in Bahrain, Honda’s F1 technical director Toyoharu Tanabe says it is going to work out whether or not its method in Bahrain was finest and if it must do issues otherwise any further.
“We are going to evaluation and take into account this knowledge,” mentioned Tanabe.
“We have to see how a lot the ability unit has been exhausted on this race, and we are going to then use it in accordance with the traits of every circuit sooner or later.
“We plan to confirm whether or not this utilization was optimum. Mainly, I believe that it may be used with out issues, however I plan to consider what I ought to do to make use of it correctly sooner or later.”
Purple Bull’s frustration at lacking out on a win within the season opener was clear, and Honda mentioned it too shared these emotions.
“It was a disappointing consequence,” mentioned Tanabe. “However Max was capable of compete for the win within the first race of the 12 months, and I believe it is a constructive factor to see such a efficiency. I believe it was race for the primary race of the season.
“We did what we might. I believe the group’s technique was additionally optimum.
“Nonetheless, I believe that the shortage of outcomes implies that it’s nonetheless not sufficient. If somebody requested me that ‘Are you 100% glad?’, I must say ‘no’.”
Nonetheless, Tanabe has no doubts the aggressive image between Purple Bull and Mercedes is completely different this 12 months to the way it was in 2020.
“Final 12 months, we had been solely capable of win when all the things went properly,” he mentioned.
“By way of the distinction with Mercedes, I believe this 12 months we’re in a greater place.”