Honda has found many drawbacks this year, which include numerous faults in the engine. But without a doubt the element that has carried the palm in this respect has been the recovery of thermal energy associated with the turbo, the MGU-H.
Not in vain Fernando Alonso has been forced to place the eighth unit of that element and of the turbo this weekend at Silverstone while his team-mate Stoffel Vandoorne has placed the seventh.
We have introduced a new bearing and a series of countermeasures to try to prevent attrition
But, as confirmed in Yusuke Hasegawa the Saturday after the classification, these units include a series of design modifications which have as a goal to finish definitively with the problems of reliability, particularly in the bearings. “it Is a mechanical fault in the bearing, so we have introduced a new bearing and a series of countermeasures to try to prevent attrition”, ” said the head of Honda.
Fernando Alonso must face this weekend a 30-position penalty on the grid, so Honda decided to introduce a new engine Spec 3 with higher power and improved reliability with a view to the Hungarian Grand Prix, in which McLaren expects to get his best result of the year, the Hungaroring is a circuit very little dependent on the power of the engine.
For the moment, the weekend at Silverstone is developing optimally for McLaren and Honda, as there have been mechanical problems and Stoffel Vandoorne will be classified in the ninth square grill.