Honda couldn't salvage any of Alonso's engine after Australia crash

Honda has confirmed it is to replace the entire power unit in Fernando Alonso's McLaren for this weekend's Formula 1 grand prix in Bahrain following his Australia crash

Honda couldn't salvage any of Alonso's engine after Australia crash

Alonso's MP4-31 was destroyed in a frightening accident in the season-opening race in Melbourne, with the Spaniard fortunate to walk away unscathed.

Unsurprisingly Honda has been unable to salvage any parts from the engine, meaning Alonso will be on to the second of five available systems this year for the race at Sakhir.

Honda boss Yusuke Hasegawa said: "We have recovered the power unit from Fernando's car used in Melbourne.

"After initial investigations we are massively disappointed the ICE, and most of the surrounding parts, have been heavily damaged as the impact from the accident was just too great.

"We will be replacing the complete power unit in Bahrain."

Hasegawa also acknowledged the Albert Park race highlighted where Honda's power unit remains deficient.

"It's evident we still need to increase our performance," added Hasegawa.

"But thankfully we were able to learn more about where we are and how to progress from the data collected in Melbourne."

Alonso, who has spent time "resting" over the past few days in recovering from his crash, knows he now needs to complete as many laps as possible ahead of the race to familiarise himself with the new chassis - which should also feature upgrades.

"In testing and in Melbourne we had good reliability, which proves how hard the team has worked to make our package stronger," said Alonso.

"There's also been a massive effort from the teams in Woking and Sakura, who have been flat-out manufacturing parts for this race to ensure we can get back up to speed after the chassis was damaged.

"I'm hugely impressed with how quickly they've managed to turn it around.

"We're still pushing to bring upgrades to each race, so providing we can get everything to the car in time, we'll be aiming to get as much track time as possible with the new chassis from the start of free practice."

Racing director Eric Boullier has also praised the efforts of the team in being able to ready Alonso's new car following what he felt was "a heart-stopping accident".

Boullier believes there were at least positives from the race in Melbourne, despite the crash and the fact Jenson Button could only manage 14th.

"We will be aiming to build on the promising initial data we've collected from our car, which shows a definite improvement in pace from last year's package," said Boullier.

"There's still much more potential to unlock and performance to find, but the encouraging leap made from testing to Melbourne has shown what's possible.

"We will keep pushing to improve our pace and develop our strengths by continuing to bring updates to the car at every race."

shares
comments
Toto Wolff fears F1's new qualifying format will disappoint again

Previous article

Toto Wolff fears F1's new qualifying format will disappoint again

Next article

F1 analysis: Max Verstappen right to be upset - but with himself

F1 analysis: Max Verstappen right to be upset - but with himself
Load comments
The floundering fortunes of F1’s many Lotus reboots Plus

The floundering fortunes of F1’s many Lotus reboots

Team Lotus ceased to exist in 1994 - and yet various parties have been trying to resurrect the hallowed name, in increasingly unrecognisable forms, ever since. DAMIEN SMITH brings GP Racing’s history of the legendary team to an end with a look at those who sought to keep the flame alive in Formula 1

Why the 2021 title fight is far from F1's worst, despite its toxic background Plus

Why the 2021 title fight is far from F1's worst, despite its toxic background

OPINION: Formula 1 reconvenes for the Russian Grand Prix two weeks after the latest blow in ‘Max Verstappen vs Lewis Hamilton’. While the Silverstone and Monza incidents were controversial, they thankfully lacked one element that so far separates the 2021 title fight from the worst examples of ugly championship battles

How F1’s other champion to emerge from 1991 thrived at Lotus Plus

How F1’s other champion to emerge from 1991 thrived at Lotus

Mika Hakkinen became Michael Schumacher’s biggest rival in Formula 1 in the late-90s and early 2000s, having also made his F1 debut in 1991. But as MARK GALLAGHER recalls, while Schumacher wowed the world with a car that was eminently capable, Hakkinen was fighting to make his mark with a famous team in terminal decline

Formula 1
Sep 21, 2021
The forgotten F1 comeback that began Jordan’s odyssey  Plus

The forgotten F1 comeback that began Jordan’s odyssey 

Before Michael Schumacher – or anyone else – had driven the 191 (or 911 as it was initially called), Eddie Jordan turned to a fellow Irishman to test his new Formula 1 car. JOHN WATSON, a grand prix winner for Penske and McLaren, recalls his role in the birth of a legend…

Formula 1
Sep 20, 2021
The squandered potential of a 70s F1 underdog Plus

The squandered potential of a 70s F1 underdog

A podium finisher in its first outing but then never again, the BRM P201 was a classic case of an opportunity squandered by disorganisation and complacency, says STUART CODLING

Formula 1
Sep 18, 2021
The other notable Monza escape that F1 should learn from Plus

The other notable Monza escape that F1 should learn from

OPINION: The headlines were dominated by the Italian Grand Prix crash between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton, who had the halo to thank for avoiding potentially serious injury. But two days earlier, Formula 1 had a lucky escape with a Monza pitlane incident that could also have had grave consequences

Formula 1
Sep 17, 2021
How Monza only added more questions to F1's sprint race conundrum Plus

How Monza only added more questions to F1's sprint race conundrum

With two sprint races under its belt, Formula 1 must now consider its options for them going forward. While they've helped deliver exciting racing on Sundays, the sprints themselves have been somewhat lacking - creating yet another conundrum for F1 to solve...

Formula 1
Sep 16, 2021
Who should Alfa Romeo sign for 2022's F1 season? Plus

Who should Alfa Romeo sign for 2022's F1 season?

OPINION: With Valtteri Bottas already signed up for 2022, all eyes are on the race for the second seat at Alfa Romeo next year. Antonio Giovinazzi is the current incumbent, but faces a tough competition from appealing short and long-term prospects

Formula 1
Sep 15, 2021