Sports Mole rounds up all of the latest news regarding Formula 1 on Wednesday, January 27.
Wednesday morning's Formula 1 news roundup
Honda is apparently pressing hard on the throttle for its last season in Formula 1 for now.
Following the Japanese giant's decision to quit the sport at the end of 2021, it is believed managers of the F1 program decided to fast-forward the development of an all-new engine originally intended for 2022.
"I have heard that Honda has taken a huge step in the combustion element and seriously improved the thermodynamic efficiency. The electrical component is also very promising on the test bench," said Paolo Filisetti, the technical analyst for Italy's Autosprint magazine.
"For example, the intake and exhaust pressure of the engine was examined, as well as the variation and the temperature of the gases leaving the car," he added.
Filisetti also reveals that Red Bull has made key car changes for 2021, even though the regulations are remaining reasonably steady.
"The first is modified suspension, with a modified geometry that they brought to Abu Dhabi," he said, referring to the season finale that was dominated by Max Verstappen.
The Italian journalist also said the gearbox has been redesigned for a new shape, which should help Red Bull to compensate for the mandatory aerodynamic changes.
Two other drivers would have also won the 2020 world championship at the wheel of Lewis Hamilton's car.
That is the view of F1 legend Gerhard Berger, who nonetheless thinks seven time world champion Hamilton remains the best driver on the grid for now.
"Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen are two excellent drivers, but Hamilton remains the most competitive and most complete driver in the world," he told Italy's Autosprint.
"He always knows how to read the situation on the track perfectly and gets the most out of his car every lap of the race. He knows how to use the tyres optimally, getting them back to temperature in no time after a safety car.
"It reminds me of when I was sometimes right behind Senna or Schumacher in a race and then five seconds behind after my pitstop. Senna, Schumacher and Hamilton are absolutely special in that way.
"Those three are among the best drivers who have ever driven in Formula 1," Berger added.
However, the former Ferrari and McLaren driver says Verstappen and Leclerc are the "new generation" in the same ultra-talented mould.
"They both would have been world champion in the 2020 Mercedes if Hamilton had not been there," Berger insisted.
"I see their rivalry like Prost and Senna. Leclerc is a lot calmer in the cockpit, driving less with emotion. Verstappen is more aggressive, just like Senna always was.
"But I couldn't tell you who would be the winner between those two," he added.
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