Honda confirm Spec Three engines for Austria

Honda have confirmed that both McLaren drivers, Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne will have updated Spec Three power units at their disposal for the Austrian Grand Prix.

Fernando Alonso revealed in his preview of the weekend at Red Bull Ring, “We’ve got a couple of useful steps coming on the car, including – hopefully – Honda’s revised Spec Three power unit, which I tried during Friday practice in Azerbaijan.”

“Every step is important, so I’m looking forward to a positive weekend where we can once again get everything out of the car,” added the Spaniard who scored the team’s first points of the season in Baku

Honda F1 chief Yusuke Hasegawa confirmed that the Spec Three power unit was tested during practice in Baku, “We tested the updated PU, the Spec Three, 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 Three for both drivers this weekend,” added Hasegawa.

Honda are wiorking overtime to address the lack of power and poor reliability of their engines, which had resulted in McLaren’s worst ever season.

Alonso, who is looking to move away from McLaren, said in Baku, “Our speed is that slow that [other drivers] think we are on a slow lap. But no this is our speed.”

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