Honda’s Hasegawa: “It was disappointing to encounter further problems today”


World © Octane Photographic Ltd. Formula 1 - Winter Test 1. Stoffel Vandoorne - McLaren Honda MCL32. Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Tuesday 28th February 2017.

Honda’s Head of F1 Project & Executive Chief Engineer Yusuke Hasegawa, was disappointed that the McLaren Honda Formula 1 Team once again experienced problems with the PU, which saw driver Stoffel Vandoorne side-lined for a large portion of testing at the Circuit de Catalunya-Barcelona, on Tuesday.

It was a similar story on Monday too, as Fernando Alonso spent most of his day in the garage, following an oil system leak on the Honda engine.

On both occasions, Honda chose to replace the faulty engine, to allow the driver’s time to continue with their schedule and collect at least some usable data for McLaren.

Meanwhile back at the factory, the Japanese manufacturer will be investigating the cause of Tuesday’s failure, which has been confirmed as mechanical, and Hasegawa has stated they will not be using that engine again during their time in Barcelona.

“After completing 29 laps, we lost power to the PU. Our priority was to minimise the loss of track time and continue with our testing programme, so we took the decision to change it.”

“We know we had a mechanical issue and we will not be reusing the power unit for this test, but we’ll have to investigate fully to identify the cause.

“Stoffel was back out on track by late afternoon and we were able to recover our schedule.”

Hasegawa is confident that they can have a more productive day on Wednesday when Alonso is back behind the wheel of the MCL32.

“Of course, it was disappointing to encounter further problems today, but tonight we’ll carry on our hard work to make further progress for Fernando’s session tomorrow.”