McLaren driver Fernando Alonso is set to run a new Honda engine during Friday practice for the Malaysian Grand Prix. The Spaniard already faces a 30-place grid penalty for the planned use of new power unit components.
This year has been testing for Fernando when it comes to reliability, so the team have decided to ‘boost’ his pool of power unit parts ready for the final 6 races of 2016.
Honda have confirmed that Fernando will run a new internal combustion engine, turbocharger, MGU-H, battery and control electronics in Malaysia. As mentioned, these should see him through to the end of the season, however a place at the back of the sepang grid awaits.
Honda have also decided to let Alonso test updated parts during Friday free practice. Car 14 will feature a lighter engine block, new exhaust, both aimed at improving overall efficiency. Honda have used two engine tokens with the upgrade, leaving them with one left for the season to use.
The new parts may even be a data gathering exercise for the 2017 power unit.