Honda: F1 engine won’t run on-track until 2015

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Honda have confirmed they will not track-test their F1 engine for the 2015 season until after the end of next year.

The Japanese manufacturer is returning to Formula One with McLaren and building a 1.6-litre V6 engine for the new power train regulations.

As Honda is not involved in F1 at present it is not bound by the ban on testing, leading to speculation Honda could use that to accelerate its development program.

But Honda motorsport chief Yasuhisa Arai told Autosport that will not happen:

“In terms of the timing of when you will be able to see the engine running in the actual vehicle, maybe it will be around [January/February 2015]. We are hoping we will get to show our engine at that time.”

However Arai indicated that testing the engine out of the car would be better in some ways: “I think it is going to be more efficient to use the dyno. Maybe that is going to give us more benefits.”

In 2014 McLaren will use Mercedes engine for the final season in a partnership which will have lasted 20 years. The team previously used Honda power from 1988 to 1992, during which time V6 turbo, V10 and V12 power plants were all used.

Porsche pulls GTLM cars from Mid-Ohio because of COVID-19 positives

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Porsche will skip Saturday’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race with its two GTLM cars at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course after three positive COVID-19 tests were confirmed during the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

That resulted in Porsche choosing to pull out of the Nurburgring 24 Hour endurance race in Germany, electing to avoid sending any team members as a precautionary measure.

Porsche Motorsport announced Tuesday that its COVID-19 decision also would apply at Mid-Ohio to its No. 911 and No. 12 teams.

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Three of Porsche’s four IMSA GTLM drivers — Laurens Vanthoor, Frederic Makowiecki and Nick Tandy — also were racing in Le Mans. The trio has remained isolated in Europe and won’t be allowed to travel.

“Based on yesterday’s decision that no employee or racing driver of our Le Mans team will participate in the Nürburgring 24 Hours, we have today decided that this ruling will also apply to the upcoming IWSC race in Mid-Ohio,” Fritz Enzinger, vice president for Porsche Motorsport, said in a release. “This means that Laurens, Nick and Fred will not be traveling to the USA.

“This is very regrettable, but we would like to emphasize that in this case as well the health of all those concerned is the prime focus of the decisions we have taken.”

The decision also affects Earl Bamber, who teamed with Vanthoor to win the GTLM championship last year in the No. 912.

Porsche said its GTLM Porsche 911 RSR-19 entries will return for the Oct. 10 race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval.

That will reduce the GTLM class to four cars — two Corvettes and two BMWs — this weekend at Mid-Ohio, in what could be somewhat of a 2021 preview. Porsche Motorsport announced earlier this year that it will leave IMSA after the 2020 season because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.