Report: Honda to deliver McLaren F1 an engine upgrade in Baku

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Source:   —  June 19, 2017, at 11:20 AM

In Canada just over a week ago, the McLaren F1 leadership admitted their frustration was at a boiling point after the team's unlucky partner failed to deliver an upgrade as scheduled.

Report: Honda to deliver McLaren F1 an engine upgrade in Baku

Honda appears set to deliver a much-needed engine upgrade this weekend in Baku.

In Canada just over a week ago, the McLaren F1 leadership admitted their frustration was at a boiling point after the team's unlucky partner failed to deliver an upgrade as scheduled. Honda's F1 chief Yusuke Hasegawa then said he couldn't promise it'd even be prepared for the following race in Azerbaijan.

But he's presently told the Japanese publication Sportiva that assistance is on the way this week.

"There will be some kind of improvement in the combustion engine in Baku," Hasegawa said. "I don't know if you can call it specification three, but we'll definitely introduce something, even if it is intermediate."

The report said Honda has been working tough on "specification three" at its facility in Sakura to address the current power unit's problems, including excessive vibration and a 90-hp performance deficit. But Hasegawa played down hopes the new engine will totally finish Honda's two thousand seventeen troubles.

"If you make better the combustion engine, the temperature of the exhaust decreases by being more efficient, which reduces the energy recovered through the turbo and MGU-H, making it required to modify these parts too," he said. "The situation is more complicated than people can imagine."

The outcome of Honda's latest efforts to make better could be the final straw for the McLaren partnership -- and the following turning point in the career of Fernando Alonso.

"Due to some of his decisions, Fernando could be remembered as one of the lost talents of F1," former Honda F1 team boss Nick Fry is quoted by Spain's La Sexta.

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