Verstappen unphased by high rate of Honda engine changes


Max Verstappen isn't worried by the frequent engine changes undertaken so far by Honda at Toro Rosso, insisting they aren't a direct reflection of the Japanese manufacturer's lack of reliability.

The Red Bull Racing driver is obviously keeping a watchful eye on the junior bull squad given his team's switch to Honda power next year.

Both Brendon Hartley and Pierre Gasly have far exceeded the allowed limits for all their power unit components, but Honda's changes have often been the result of a tactical choice or circumstances rather than by component failures.

Regardless of the reasons, Verstappen isn't overly concerned.

"I don't think they have had a lot of issues," said the Dutchman.

"Most of the time, maybe they had a bad qualifying so then it doesn't really make a lot of difference for them to take a new component, so that's what they are doing.

"I'm not too worried. And they still have quite a few races coming up to understand the package, and for next year it's going to be a new engine, it's different.

"They learn from their mistakes, which is good. It's happening on other brands, not only Honda. So, I'm not too worried."

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