Fernando Alonso has hit out at Honda after the Japanese power supplier created further problems for McLaren’s Formula 1 team, following a lack of reliability and performance throughout the 2017 F1 test in Barcelona.
The McLaren driver addressed the Spanish media following the second day of the second F1 test, and was furious with the package that Honda have developed for the 2017 season, given the high expectations following the two challenging years for the Japanese manufacturer.
One of the key points that the two time Formula 1 world champion highlighted was that the Honda engine deficit means the McLaren’s are losing 30 km/h down the straight.
When asked by Spanish journalists if Turn 3 is flat-out, Alonso said: “With our lack of power, every corner is flat out.”
“The team are all ready to win except Honda,” Fernando Alonso said, talking to Spanish media.
“The chassis is balanced and ready, but we’re losing 30km/h on the straights”
Honda relationship under “maximum” strain
Eric Boullier earlier admitted that the problems with the Honda Formula 1 power unit is putting the McLaren-Honda relationship under “maximum” strain, following two consecutive difficult F1 seasons for the Japanese manufacturer.
“Maximum [strain],” he said.
“Obviously we are in Formula 1, we are racing and we have to perform, so the pressure is obviously huge.
“We put the maximum pressure on all of our relationships with Honda and it’s the same from them. We can’t put a foot wrong, we need to be able to deliver the best car as well, so this is both sides.”