Honda’s Yusuke Hasegawa says there was no evidence that highlighted a problem in Fernando Alonso’s Honda power unit during the Belgian Grand Prix, however retired the Spaniard as a precaution.
Alonso had a great first half of the race, and following a good start, he got up to seventh place during the opening lap of the Belgian Grand Prix, however Honda’s power deficit at the power sensitive Spa circuit meant the midfield teams cleared Alonso one-by-one, and quickly dropped out of the points.
Following the first round of pitstops, the triple Formula 1 world champion dropped down to fifteenth place, and claimed there was a problem with his Formula 1 power unit – however Hasegawa says there is no evidence of any problems in the data reviewed by the Japanese manufacturer thus far.
“After starting brilliantly, Fernando then had a tough race overall,” says Hasegawa. “He radioed in with what he thought was a problem with the car, and although there was nothing showing in the data, we decided to stop the car as a precaution.
“There needs to be one change only”
Following the Belgian Grand Prix with an uncompetitive Honda engine, Fernando Alonso hinted that the only way McLaren could retain him was by changing their Formula 1 power unit supplier.
“There needs to be one change only,” he said. “I think there are many answers out there and we need to find them. They will not come looking at the sky.
“We need to sit down and work on it and hopefully we find the best solution for next year.”
“I think we will see what happens in the next couple of weeks. I’m happy with the team.
“We’ve had three tough seasons so far but McLaren is one of the best teams in the world and I would be happy to keep working with them, but we need to see how things evolve in the next couple of weeks.”