Jenson Button onto second Honda F1 engine for Chinese Grand Prix

McLaren's Jenson Button will use his second Honda power unit of the 2016 Formula 1 season at the Chinese Grand Prix following a failure in Bahrain

Jenson Button onto second Honda F1 engine for Chinese Grand Prix

Button was running 10th when he had a sudden loss of power seven laps into the 57-lap race and pulled off track to retire the car.

Following an investigation, Honda has chosen to change the internal combustion unit but is confident the root cause of the problem has been fixed.

"There was a mechanical issue on Jenson's ICE which we will replace for the upcoming race weekend," said Honda chief Yusuke Hasegawa.

"The situation has been thoroughly investigated and will be rectified in all future engines to be used."

Button said he has noticed an improvement with the Honda power unit but more work needs to be done on reliability.

"Until the point when we lost power, the car had felt very good, and I'm hopeful that we can continue that momentum in Shanghai and make the most of the package we have," he said.

"As always though, we need to work hard on our reliability.

"We've definitely seen an improvement in that area, but anything less than 100 per cent is never enough.

"It's important we take advantage of our progress to bring home the points we deserve and have something to show for all of our efforts.

"We definitely saw another step in the car's performance from Australia as we keep learning more about the handling and characteristics of the car, and bring new upgrades to each grand prix."

McLaren scored its first point of the 2016 F1 season in Bahrain with Fernando Alonso's stand-in Stoffel Vandoorne finishing 10th.

shares
comments
Fernando Alonso not taking Chinese GP F1 return for granted
Previous article

Fernando Alonso not taking Chinese GP F1 return for granted

Next article

Red Bull F1 car 'as quick as Mercedes' in corners reckons Sainz

Red Bull F1 car 'as quick as Mercedes' in corners reckons Sainz
Load comments
The lessons F1 can take from the Masi "souk" deal criticisms Plus

The lessons F1 can take from the Masi "souk" deal criticisms

As Formula 1 heads to its Abu Dhabi season finale, the FIA and race director Michael Masi are under increased scrutiny, with radio messages broadcast during last weekend's race prompting discussion and controversy. But what can they learn from the Saudi Arabia debacle?

Why thrilling Jeddah F1 circuit needs to be safer Plus

Why thrilling Jeddah F1 circuit needs to be safer

OPINION: Saudi Arabia's new F1 circuit delivered a memorable first event, although not necessarily for all the right reasons. In the wake of the chaotic race, drivers voiced their concerns about the track but small changes could make significant improvements ahead of a return in four months

The long-term F1 vision causing Haas’s short-term pain Plus

The long-term F1 vision causing Haas’s short-term pain

From ranking as one of the most impressive new teams to join the Formula 1 grid, Haas’s stock has plummeted along with its on-track performances over the past two seasons. Everything now hangs on whether its reforged alliance with Ferrari can deliver a better car – and whether its rookie drivers can set aside their quarrels. OLEG KARPOV asks if any of these goals are achievable…

Formula 1
Dec 8, 2021
The line Verstappen finally crossed in F1's first Jeddah race Plus

The line Verstappen finally crossed in F1's first Jeddah race

OPINION: Max Verstappen has made the 2021 Formula 1 championship. He’s taken the fight to the all-conquering Mercedes squad and its dominant champion, produced driving displays few can match. But he’s been on a controversial course too, and finally crossed a particular line in Jeddah

Formula 1
Dec 7, 2021
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

Formula 1
Dec 6, 2021
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