Honda has confirmed that Fernando Alonso will not require a new Formula 1 power unit for this weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix despite the heavy crash at the start of the previous race in Singapore.

Alonso was caught up in the aftermath of the start-line crash involving Sebastian Vettel, Kimi Raikkonen and Max Verstappen in Singapore, with the damage sustained to his McLaren car forcing him to retire from the race.

Honda had feared the power unit in Alonso's car had also been damaged, but after conducting checks in the week following the race has deemed it fine to be re-used in Malaysia.

"Last time out in Singapore we had mixed fortunes. Fernando was involved in an unfortunate incident and ultimately retired, while Stoffel [Vandoorne]’s pace was competitive and he drove incredibly well, eventually crossing the line in P7. Overall it was positive that we were competitive throughout the weekend and came away with some precious points," Honda F1 chief Yusuke Hasegawa said.

“Regarding Fernando’s Singapore power unit, we were concerned that it may have been irreparably damaged, but fortunately after a thorough check back at the Sakura factory we can confirm it is OK to be re-used."

McLaren heads to Malaysia uneasy about its chances given the long straights and power-hungry nature of the Sepang International Circuit, but Hasegawa hopes that an opportunity may arise for the team to capitalise on.

"The layout of Sepang International Circuit is a mixture of long straights and sweeping corners, which will no doubt make for an exciting race," Hasegawa said.

"Despite it being a power-hungry track, the changeable conditions mean anything can happen, so hopefully if we prepare well we can capitalise on any opportunities that come our way and break into the points."


Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register to add your comment

And that's a big problem with the way engines are allocated and penalties set when a team uses too many... What happens when the driver beyond his or the teams control loses an engine when a car is hit by another driver and their engine destroyed.  Easy to see where a driver hitting another driver from behind could force the driver that was rear ended to pay a penalty because of the engine swap but the driver that hit the other car in the back gets no penalty at all.  Maybe in instances where a wreck is involved the driver at fault should be forced to give up an engine credit to the driver that was hit.... And if a driver say Vettel causes a massive wreck that wipes out 4 engines then Vettel has to cough up 4 of his credit or if he only has 2 credits left gives up those two and takes a penalty for the other 2.