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McLaren-Honda To Run Upgrades In Austria

McLaren-Honda To Run Upgrades In Austria

McLaren has had their issues with Honda from the start of the season but will be hoping for a change as the much anticipated Upgrade to the Honda engine will used in their coming race in Austria.

Honda has confirmed that both Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne would race with its upgraded 'Spec Three' power unit in Austria.

After testing the updated power unit on Fernando Alonso's car during Friday practice at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, McLaren and Honda opted not to risk running it in the race in the knowledge that its two cars would be starting from the back of the grid with penalties
"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," Honda engine boss Yusuke Hasegawa said. "We also 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.
"I think we have some improvements in our competitiveness and I am looking forward to seeing our performance in Austria. We will not stop our preparation until the last minutes, and I hope we have a good race to reflect our progress."

McLaren's Racing Director Eric Boullier

"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."
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