Honda has confirmed that it will use their new engine specification in both of their cars in Austria after the successful test in the last race in Azerbaijan.
The Japanese manufacturer has tested their third engine specification in Alonso’s car in Baku that brings up to 30 HP and for which people from Honda have confirmed it brings several tenths of a second per lap. It is only about the first part of the planned upgrade while the second part should arrive after a summer break before the race on the fast tracks in Belgium and Italy.
Alonso has successfully tested the third engine specification they choose not to use in the rest of the weekend as the gearbox issue overreved the engine so Honda did not want to risk it.
The data analysis after the race in Baku, where Alonso won the first points for McLaren in 2017, has shown that the new engine is more powerful and reliable enough to use it for the next race in Austria, which is also very demanding for engines.
“Although we still have a big gap to the front-runners, it was a great result if we consider that we started from the back of the grid on the track where engine power is very important,” said Yusuke Hasegawa.
“For the next race in Austria, we will bring our improved Spec 3 power unit for both cars after a successful test in Azerbaijan.”
“In the meantime, we will continue our development and do our best to keep reducing the gap.”
Alonso will use ‘Spec 3’ engine from Baku in Austria because it haven’t sustained damage by overreving after a gearbox failure.
Vandoorne will get new engine in Austria, but won’t get a penalty because he used three engines so far.
POWER UNIT ELEMENTS USED AFTER 8/20 RACES
|Stoffel Vandoorne||McLaren Honda||3||7||7||4||5||5|
|Fernando Alonso||McLaren Honda||5||7||7||5||3||3|