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Honda Welcome Traction Control Return

Tuesday April 24th, 2001

Japanese engine manufacturer Honda believe the new technical regulations which will allow the re-introduction of traction control and other electronic systems at this weekend's Spanish Grand Prix will represent a challenge for them.

Traction control, as well as other "driving aids", was banned at the end of the 1993 season, but due to the difficulty to police it, the FIA - the sports' governing body - decided to allow its use, despite many Formula One members being against it.

However, Honda's technical director Kazutoshi Nishizawa, welcomes the decision, as he thinks it will give them a good opportunity to developed their engines.

"While the drivers may not readily welcome the return of traction control, for us it presents an interesting new dimension in the management of the engine's performance," Nishizawa said. "For an engine manufacturer there are four key considerations created by traction control. These are after burn, fuel wastage, vibration and reliability.

"These are all added challenges and like everything in Formula One, represent further opportunities to develop and refine our technologies in the search for success".

Honda currently supply engines to both the BAR and Jordan teams.

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