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F1: Honda plays down power boost reports

2016-01-26 08:40

MORE POWER? McLaren's Formula 1 engine supplier Honda played down reports that their units had a substantial power upgrade in 2016. Image: AP / Tom Boland

London, England - Honda has dismissed speculation it has found more than a whopping 166kW over the winter break.

Earlier, the Spanish sports daily AS claimed McLaren's works engine partner had closed the gap to the leading manufacturers for 2016 by improving the internal combustion engine and troublesome energy recovery systems.

Read: F1 testing: Honda has gained 166kW!

F1 correspondent Manuel Franco wrote"Sakura, the Honda factory in Japan, has worked 24 hour shifts without Christmas holidays," correspondent Manuel Franco wrote.

But Honda told Britain's Sky on Monday (January 25): "These reports are unsubstantiated and merely speculative, and we ask fans and media alike to treat them as such."

BBC F1 journalist Andrew Benson tweeted:


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