Barcelona Day 5: More misery for McLaren-Honda
Misery for McLaren and Honda continues in Barcelona, during the second and final Formula 1 pre-season test at Circuit de Catalunya, as they were forced to change the power unit on Stoffel Vandoorne’s MCL32 during the course of the morning.
An electrical problem was blamed for what is now reportedly the sixth engine change the team have been forced to make in testing this winter.
It is the latest in a series of ongoing issues with Honda’s all new power unit package which will mean that McLaren start the new season on the back foot for the third year in a row.
Vandoorne ended the morning eighth fastest, 2.972 seconds off the pace.
A Honda spokes person said: “In the interests of maximising lap time, we sped to replace the power-unit and investigate the issue further once it is out of the car.
“The PU we are using is the same specification as the one run at the test last week.”