The Western manufacturer re joined the F1 grid 2015 but failed to score a top-three finish across three seasons by McLaren and then spent last year quietly improving in the midfield with RedBull’s junior team Toro Rosso.
Asked when it had been crucial that you find this result early at debt Bull relationship, Honda F1 technical manager Toyoharu Tanabe told Motorsport.com:”I think yes, [we are] a little bit more enjoyable from the pressure.
“And it’s also an additional motivation for the development. It’s a good result.”
Tanabe said:”We have some data out of the Barcelona evaluations and we’ve got something from here.
“We see a very clear gap between the major teams. The podium will not make any shift [to targets or expectations].”
RedBull’s headline response comprised defeating the Ferraris by almost half a minute, but Tanabe said his encouragement was”50/50″.
“It’s a combo of car characteristics, the driver, and the track characteristics.
“It’s difficult to tell where our operation is now. We go to a different place, maybe we have been in a different position.