F1 »

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.

REVEALED: The new 2017 Formula 1 World Championship

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'.

Latest Tweets from Crash.net & GPF1rst

Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
27.08.2016 - Free Practice 3, Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren Honda MP4-31
McLaren, 2011 launch, [Credit: Crash PA]
Crash.net 2017 Formula 1 Calendar
Williams, FW40, teaser shot [Credit: Williams Martini Racing]
Michael Schumacher
Michael Schumacher and the 1996 Ferrari F310
Scuderia Toro Rosso STR12 to be unveiled on Feb 26th
Nico Rosberg and Fernando Alonso - Mercedes, McLaren
Antonio Giovinazzi - Ferrari SF15-T
Manor`s 2017 F1 car model [Pic: Twitter]
Manor`s 2017 F1 car model [Pic: Twitter]
Milwaukee reveals 2017 WSBK Aprilia RSV4
Milwaukee reveals 2017 WSBK Aprilia RSV4
Chase Carey, Ross Brawn & Sean Bratches
Sebastian Vettel, Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch, ROC [Credit: ROC]
Juan Pablo Montoya celebrates after winning the 2017 Race of Champions title in Miami [Pic credit: ROC]
Race of Champions 2017, action [Pic credit: ROC]
Juan Pablo Monotya. Race of Champions 2017, action [Pic credit: ROC]

Start the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.

© 1999 - 2017 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.