Engine upgrade confirmed for McLaren-Honda at British GP


Jenson Button on track. Credit: McLaren Media Centre

As was rumoured at the start of this week, Honda will indeed bring an updated engine package along to the 2016 British Grand Prix taking place this weekend, in a bid to cling onto their strong showing in Austria last time out.

Although Honda do not expect a massive boost in overall horsepower from the update, they are confident of bringing improvements to the intake system of the internal combustion engine, making the process more efficient, which in turn should boost their power output.

Jenson Button’s strong showing at the Austrian Grand Prix last weekend, where the Brit secured a sixth place finish after starting from third on the grid, gave the MclarenHonda F1 team a huge boost in confidence, and Honda Chief Yusuke Hasegawa did not want to let that form drift away going forward.

Speaking to motorsport.com recently, Hasegawa commented on how he believes the Woking based squads performance in Spielberg can continue into the next few races, which he feels has stemmed from their Canadian Grand Prix upgrade of the turbine and Energy Recovery System. The promise shown at the Red Bull Ring is evidence that those earlier modifications are working as planned, and they are now finally starting to see the benefits.

“I think since we have introduced the new turbine [things have improved]. Canada and Azerbaijan are too competitive from a power point of view.

“We’ve come back to a normal circuit and I think that is the reason why we can prove that our update was working well, I think.”

Both Button and team-mate Fernando Alonso will receive the new engine, which will hopefully see the squad make some gains across the weekend at Silverstone, and allow both cars to come home in the points.