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GP Week : Issue 211
F1 >>> nEWs hOnda shOWs Off its V6 Here is the first view of Honda’s 2015 Formula 1 Power unit. Honda released an image of its V6 last week and over the Japanese GP weekend, played audio of the unit running at its stand at suzuka. Technical details of the unit remain hidden, but it appears similar in concept to Renault’s Pu. Honda motorsport chief Yasuhisa Arai confirmed that the unit is still under development at the company’s newly completed Milton Keynes facility. “Working toward Honda’s F1 participation starting in the 2015 season, development of the power unit is entering its prime phase at our R&D facility in sakura (Tochigi, Japan), where we transferred our automobile motor sports development earlier this year,” Arai said. “In addition to conducting simulations, we have moved onto the next stage where we conduct full-fledged bench tests of the engine while connecting the turbocharger and energy recovery systems. “In the meantime, our racing operation base in Milton Keynes, united Kingdom, has become fully operational. At this time, we are unveiling an image of our power unit that is under development. The whole team is concentrating on this development, getting ready for the forthcoming start of F1 participation in six months. Please stay tuned for further updates.” ANDReA De CesARIs Grand Prix racing lost one of its true characters at the weekend with the death in a traffic accident of Andrea de Cesaris. The Italian was riding in motorcycle in Rome when he was struck by another vehicle. Italian media has reported that the 55-year-old was killed instantly. After stepping up from Formula 2 as a 21-year-old to drive for Alfa Romeo in two GPs in 1980, de Cesaris rode his Marlboro Italy backing into a seat at McLaren in 1980. After a single season, he returned to Alfa for ’82 and ’84, before stints at Ligier (’84-’85), Minardi (’86), Brabham (’87), Rial (’88), Dallara (’89-’90), Jordan (’91), Tyrrell (’92-’93) and sauber (’84). He drove in 208 GPs and never managed to win one, but he did score five podium finishes. His best chance of winning came at spa in ’91, when driving for Jordan. After starting from 11th he moved through the field to second place and was closing in on leader Ayrton senna when his Ford engine blew up with three laps remaining. That race that is perhaps best remembered for the F1 debut of his Jordan teammate for the weekend, Michael schumacher. Following his retirement de Cesaris became a Monaco-based currency trader and part-time windsurfer. 13 GPWEEK.com // 13 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: