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F1 Malaysian GP: Upgraded Honda PU puts Alonso to back of Malaysian GP grid

Fernando Alonso will receive an upgraded Honda power unit for the Malaysian Grand Prix... but he means he will start at the back of the grid
Fernando Alonso will get use of a revised Honda power unit for the Malaysian Grand Prix but will start at the back of the grid as a result.

Having mulled over whether to introduce a final engine upgrade for the 2017 season ahead of the Sepang race, McLaren and Honda have agreed to go ahead and run it in Alonso's MP4-31 in FP1.

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With McLaren forced to change the ICE, TC, MGU-H, and MGU-K, Alonso has already amassed 30 positions worth of grid penalties before his car has turned a wheel this weekend. As a result, he is almost certain to start the Malaysian Grand Prix at the back of the grid.

Honda says the new power unit features a 'lighter engine block and a re-designed exhaust, which boosts efficiency'. However, though the changes are designed to help performance, they are not 'targeted at outright performance'.

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