F1 Hungarian GP: Honda to change Gasly’s power unit to "avoid further risk"

Honda has confirmed it will change the power unit in Pierre Gasly's AlphaTauri Formula 1 car after recurring issues through qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix

F1 Hungarian GP: Honda to change Gasly’s power unit to "avoid further risk"

Gasly will line up 10th on the grid at the Hungaroring on Sunday, but was left managing an engine issue that hindered much of his running through qualifying.

The Frenchman was heard reporting losses of power on his engine in Q2, but was informed by the team it "cannot fix the problem in this session, so we have to live with it, or try to push to get through".

While Gasly made it through to Q3 in 10th place, he lost his final Q2 run as a result of the issue and was unable to set a time in the final stage of qualifying.

Honda has now confirmed it will undertake a complete power unit change on Gasly's car "to avoid any further risk".

Gasly will face no penalty, as they will be his first power unit component changes of the 2020 season.

"From the end of Q1 or the start of Q2 especially, we started to have massive cuts on power," Gasly explained when asked about the issue by Autosport.

"Initially it happened only on the out laps, when I was recharging the batteries. [I was] going like full throttle, and just having these big cuts, so I could not synchronise the gears and warm up the tyres properly.

"On my fastest lap, the engine cut at the end of the main straight. We lost a bit of time there, then after the rest of the lap was OK. Then in my second one, I could not go fast enough to achieve from fourth gear onwards.

"We had all this big lag and cuts which got worse and worse. So we had to abort the session because when I started the lap, I had no power left."

While frustrated that he was unable to set a time in Q3, Gasly said he was surprised to have even made it through to the final session at the expense of some quicker cars from Red Bull and Renault.

"I don't think there was any more today even if I would have done Q3," Gasly said.

"I think at the moment we're even surprised to make it with the two Renaults and one Red Bull behind us. [That] really was the the maximum we had for for today because McLaren is too fast. Ferrari and Racing Point were ahead of us. I think that's that's where we are over one lap.

"We know in the race it's also a bit more difficult for us, compared to the Renaults. Especially so we knew that the grid position in Budapest is crucial. And that's what was really important to qualify as far up the grid as possible.

"I really hope we can we can manage to get some points tomorrow from this position. But at the moment, we know that Renault is slightly faster and I was slightly out of the top 10."

shares
comments
Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix - how to watch, start time & more
Previous article

Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix - how to watch, start time & more

Next article

Wolff: "Ironic" that Ferrari pushed Mercedes to "burnout" levels for 2020 F1

Wolff: "Ironic" that Ferrari pushed Mercedes to "burnout" levels for 2020 F1
Load comments
Saudi Arabian Grand Prix Driver Ratings Plus

Saudi Arabian Grand Prix Driver Ratings

An ill-tempered Saudi Grand Prix made Formula 1 more soap opera than sporting spectacle at times, but there were some strong performances up and down the field on the world championship's first visit to Jeddah

How the Jeddah F1 race became a one-sitting Netflix drama series Plus

How the Jeddah F1 race became a one-sitting Netflix drama series

The inaugural Saudi Arabian Grand Prix was a race packed full of incident as Formula 1 2021's title contenders repeatedly clashed on track. Lewis Hamilton won out over Max Verstappen to level the scores heading into next weekend's Abu Dhabi finale, as Jeddah turned F1 into a drama series

Formula 1
Dec 6, 2021
The impressive attitude that earned Albon his second F1 chance Plus

The impressive attitude that earned Albon his second F1 chance

Dropped by Red Bull last season, Alexander Albon has fought back into a Formula 1 seat with Williams. ALEX KALINAUCKAS explains what Albon has done to earn the place soon to be vacated by the highly rated George Russell

Formula 1
Dec 5, 2021
How Formula E factors could negate Red Bull's Jeddah practice gap to Mercedes Plus

How Formula E factors could negate Red Bull's Jeddah practice gap to Mercedes

Mercedes led the way in practice for Formula 1’s first race in Jeddah, where Red Bull was off the pace on both single-lap and long runs. But, if Max Verstappen can reverse the results on Saturday, factors familiar in motorsport’s main electric single-seater category could be decisive in another close battle with Lewis Hamilton

Formula 1
Dec 3, 2021
Why Norris doesn’t expect Mr Nice Guy praise for much longer Plus

Why Norris doesn’t expect Mr Nice Guy praise for much longer

Earning praise from rivals has been a welcome sign that Lando Norris is becoming established among Formula 1's elite. But the McLaren driver is confident that his team's upward curve can put him in the mix to contend for titles in the future, when he's hoping the compliments will be replaced by being deemed an equal adversary

Formula 1
Dec 2, 2021
What Ferrari still needs to improve to return to F1 title contention Plus

What Ferrari still needs to improve to return to F1 title contention

After a disastrous 2020 in which it slumped to sixth in the F1 constructors' standings, Ferrari has rebounded strongly and is on course to finish third - despite regulations that forced it to carryover much of its forgettable SF1000 machine. Yet while it can be pleased with its improvement, there are still steps it must make if 2022 is to yield a return to winning ways

Formula 1
Dec 2, 2021
How F1 teams and personnel react in pressurised situations Plus

How F1 teams and personnel react in pressurised situations

OPINION: The pressure is firmly on Red Bull and Mercedes as Formula 1 2021 embarks on its final double-header. How the respective teams deal with that will be a crucial factor in deciding the outcome of the drivers' and constructors' championships, as Autosport's technical consultant and ex-McLaren F1 engineer explains

Formula 1
Dec 1, 2021
Why Ferrari is sure its long-term Leclerc investment will be vindicated Plus

Why Ferrari is sure its long-term Leclerc investment will be vindicated

Humble yet blisteringly quick, Charles Leclerc is the driver Ferrari sees as its next
 world champion, and a rightful heir to the greats of Ferrari’s past – even though, by the team’s own admission, he’s not the finished article yet. Here's why it is confident that the 24-year-old can be the man to end a drought stretching back to 2008

Formula 1
Nov 30, 2021