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Three Corners, One Fire and a Sad Spaniard - Honda Blows its Top... Again

Discussion in 'Formula 1' started by Paul Jeffrey, May 13, 2017.

  1. Paul Jeffrey

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    Barcelona loves Fernando Alonso and the McLaren driver loves his fans, however the latest Honda woes look likely to put a dampener on McLaren's weekend in Spain.


    When the cars left the pit lane for the first official practice session at Barcelona Fernando Alonso will have been full of confidence following his stunning IndyCar debut last week. Racing in Formula One in front of his home crowd for the final time before heading over to the US of A for his much publicised Indy 500 debut, Alonso and Spain's hopes lasted exactly three corners before yet another catastrophic failure of the Honda Power Unit in the back of his bright Orange McLaren car called time on it's useful shelf life, leaving team and driver bewildered at the lack of both reliability and performance from the once great engine builders.

    However disappointed he might have been due to the latest in a long line of Honda embarrassments, Alonso was keen to see the positives from his downtime in Barcelona

    “Obviously, it’s not an ideal start to the weekend as we completely missed the first practice session because of an engine problem" he said. "At least I managed to get some training done – when I heard I had two hours before the next commitment I decided to do just that. I’ve had very little time in the last few weeks to train, and my dedication is still 100 per cent on my fitness and my preparation".

    The difficult start to the weekend didn't end with the smoky exit from FP1 either, with further work on bedding in the new unit during second practice again delaying McLaren and Alonso's preparation out on track:

    “The poor show in the afternoon session was due to the fact that first of all, you need to calibrate the engine when you put in a new power unit, so in the first couple of runs the power was a little bit inconsistent. We ran out of time, so we put on a new set of tyres even though not everything was calibrated. Towards the end of the session, when we put in more fuel and we were running in similar conditions to everyone else, we were doing more or less the lap time we were expecting, close to our main competitors for the race.

    “I feel confident that tomorrow, when we’ll put everything together, we’ll be in a more or less competitive position and hopefully we can be close to the others.”
    On the part of the Honda side of the McLaren garage, Yusuke Hasegawa, Honda R&D Co. Ltd Head of F1 Project & Executive Chief Engineer was understandably disappointed by the outcome of the opening day of the race weekend:

    “Today was unfortunately a tough day for Fernando at his home grand prix. Shortly after exiting the garage in FP1 a mechanical issue caused an oil leak forcing him to stop out on track. We opted to change the PU before the start of FP2, and we are still investigating the root cause of the problem. The team worked incredibly hard to get him back out on track and maximise data collection for tomorrow’s FP3 and qualifying"
    With a considerable lack of performance in comparison to it's Formula One rivals coupled with quite simply shocking reliability, Honda and McLaren still have a very long and difficult road ahead of them if they wish to return to the top of the current Grand Prix grid and give one of the most talented racing drivers of his generation one final chance to shoot for Formula One glory.

    Free Practice Three and Qualifying take place tomorrow.

    Check out the Formula One sub forum here at RaceDepartment for all the latest Grand Prix news and community discussions.

    Are you surprised to see the Honda struggle continuing at Barcelona? Can team and engine manufacturer turn around the fortunes before seasons end? Can Alonso win another Grand Prix before he finally hangs up his helmet for good? Let us know in the comments section below!
     
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  2. St3fan

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    I look forward to F1 2017 the game to see if it simulates Honda engine properly.

    On a serious note as someone who is NOT a Alonso fan, even I feel upset, disappointed, and somewhat angry.
     
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  3. Leonardo Chaves

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    Honda stinks, but that one was on Mclaren, no engine works without oil.
     
  4. SennaHonda_1988

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    he said that if McLaren & Honda are not competitive in september-october he will discuss with other teams..

    there is 4 options :

    1-If McLaren in september is good he will stay one more year
    2-Renault for 2018 with Hulkenberg
    3-Replace Kimi at Ferrari who his contract finish this year.
    4-Replace Bottas who has only one year contract for (2017)

    or he will retire.. i dont want him to retire :(
     
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  5. Boby Kim

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    Honda should be ditched. But i guess they pay enough to cure the pain. Alonso should walk away from F1 and go full Indy.
     
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  6. Sam Smith

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    The guy doesn't need to be there. Plenty of money already won a world championship. Let new blood in.
    Plenty of cash for the teams can then pour in with the young untested drivers. People who will be excited to be there. Time for kimmi, Fernando and Massa to go off and race wec or historics.
     
  7. Tim Meuris

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    Honestly, I don't see honda improving this season. And it wouldn't surprise me if next year Sauber would be the only team using honda engines.
     
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  8. DaVeX↯

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    McLaren should have mercedes engines back, and Honda should buy Manor (their work on 2017 car was amazing, if only...) and starts as a new indipendent full Honda Team in order to develop a good brand new car...(with Sauber at their side helping them on development of course)
     
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  9. Yapci

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    Alonso is faster than vandoorme, stroll, ocon and so so with sainz or kvyat whit a pretty worse car (when it runs). Why should he be out to let slower guys race? If they want the seat they should earn it.

    (I don't talk about kimi neither massa because they got superior cars to compare with those young talents nowadays)
     
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  10. Stanislav Minakov

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    It's soooo hard to see his eyes after every engine failure
     
  11. Sam Smith

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    Do we really SEE this superior speed? Aren't we excited by Verstappen style moves?
    Hasn't Moto GP been enthralling by the new styles of Lorenzo and Marquez? Rossi is still there adapting like a true champion!
    What has Alonso brought to the table in terms of entertainment? Not much in my books, unless your keen on over privileged, over rated has beens.
    Bit far I know, but Im sick of hearing how great he is and how sad it is he cant get a good ride. What a silly world we live in when someone like Fernando deserves any sort of sympathy.
     
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  12. Mark Aalberts

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    And then ALO goes P7 in qualification with the limited laps he had.:thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup: Driver of the Day for this weekend if you ask me. Just shows there is potential, they just need a bit more reliability.
     
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  13. Sam Smith

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    Yeah thats a pretty good back up to my **** talk. Well done Alonso.
     
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  14. ronald kasteel

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    amazing drive from alonso
     
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  15. Yapci

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    You can see today's qualy:thumbsup::D
     
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  16. Sharjeel

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    It's like Alonso literally read your comments, mate and decided to stick it up right in your face. :D
     
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  17. Thang Nguyen

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    At first the Honda engine was a disaster, but there was a miracle when Alonso cheered his home fans by finishing 7th in qualifying
     
  18. BhZ

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    I wonder how can some people not recognize alonso skills...
     
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  19. Tim Meuris

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    Yeah i acknowledge his amazing skills but i will never cheer for the man when he s not driving a honda. He s a douch imo. A fast one, but still a douch
     
  20. Boby Kim

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    Honda is doing fine in the GT500 and Indy but F1 is way above their technical grade i guess. Im about buying a new car...looked at Honda and thought :better a douchbag than standing still on the highway:p
     
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