By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief
Fernando Alonso has been assessed a 35-place grid penalty after his McLaren-Honda team had to change out the power unit and will start the Japanese Grand Prix.
The big blow comes at Honda’s home race after the engine was found to have a hydraulic issue following the second practice session, leaving the team to break curfew for the second time this season in order to complete the task.
The 36-year-old Spaniard’s tally of power unit work has become lengthy this Formula One season –
- Six control electronics
- Seven hybrid batteries
- Eight internal combustion engine
- eight MGU-Ks
- 10 MGU-Hs
- 10 turbochargers
The rules and regulations limit teams to four per season without penalty.
With several reliability and power issues throughout it’s three years, when the checkered flag waves on 2017 it will mark the end for the McLaren-Honda marriage. Next season will see McLaren powered by Renault, while Honda will take over as chief supplier to Scuderia Toro Rosso.