Honda has confirmed that both McLaren drivers will get the new ‘Spec 3’ engine at this weekend’s Austrian Grand Prix.
After first testing the new engine with Alonso during practice in Azerbaijan, Honda will run it in both cars at the Red Bull Ring.
The run in Baku showed encouraging signs but since the engine was not fully mapped and both drivers were due to start from the back either way. It was decided that they would revert back to the ‘Spec 2’ engine for qualifying and the race.
Despite this Alonso managed to score the team’s first points in Baku.
Honda F1 chief ‘Yusuke Hasegawa’ said:
“At the previous round in Azerbaijan, we were able to bank our first points of the year and I think it brought some brightness into our team.
“We also tested the updated PU, the Spec 3, with Fernando on Friday and we were able to confirm some progress in terms of the power output.
“We have proceeded with the mapping back at the factory utilising the data we collected, and we are going to bring the Spec 3 for both drivers this weekend.
“I think we have some improvements in our competitiveness and I am looking forward to seeing our performance in Austria.”
Whilst Mclaren racing director Eric Boullier said:
“There’s been no let-up in our development push all season, and, while the result in Azerbaijan was nothing to truly celebrate, it was a sign that we are working well and able to capitalise whenever an opportunity presents itself,”
“With a number of improvements planned for the Austrian weekend, not least the proposed new Spec Three power unit upgrade from Honda, I’m hopeful that we’ll be in a position to get amid the other midfield runners and take a useful step forwards.”