Thursday, 5 February 2015

Power unit updates on the way for Honda in Barcelona


Honda have confirmed that they will introduce a host of upgrades to their power unit for the Formula One winter test which gets underway at the Circuit Du Catalunya in two weeks’ following a challenging start to their partnership with McLaren.

The McLaren MP4-30 managed to complete just 79 laps over the course of the opening test in Jerez this week after suffering a number of different mechanical issues.

However the Woking based outfit were expecting there to be problems as this is normal with any new partnership. 

Speaking to Sky Sports News HQ earlier this week McLaren Racing Director Eric Boullier revealed that the team are not where they would like to be at the moment having completed around 50% of the work they wanted to get down in the opening test.

Honda Racing’s Yasuhisa Arai has confirmed however that the Japanese manufacturer will have updates to their power unit for the next test.

Arai revealed that the power unit will be a step up in Barcelona and will receive some but not all of its race specification updates for the Barcelona test with the rest coming prior to the first race in Melbourne.

Arai revealed that they and McLaren are working through everything step by step.

© Ben Johnston 2015

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