McLaren driver Fernando Alonso remarks that the Scuderia Toro Rosso team will struggle with the Honda power unit. Toro Rosso are joining forces with the Japanese engine manufacturer from next season onwards while McLaren are linking up with Renault. At the Brazilian GP, he fell just short of catching Felipe Massa in P7. Alonso was happy with the MCL32 chassis. But the Honda engine power left something to crave. Not just in that race, but all season long.
Alonso remarks on the lack of Honda power
“We had a fantastic car all the race through but we could not overtake,” Alonso remarks in the paddock. “The lack of power was amazing, the same in Mexico. I was very close to Felipe out of the last corner a few times and thought ‘now is the time I will pass him’ but even with DRS he was pulling away. The lack of power is quite worrying for Toro Rosso next year. For us, it’s a happy weekend. We started sixth, were fifth in the first corner, and then we finished in the points. Overall the best weekend so far and quite happy.
He even spoke on the upcoming partnership with Renault. He said that Renault is the best engine company in the last 15 or 20 years so there should be no reason to worry. But before he can think about reuniting with Renault, McLaren still have one one race with Honda power left. The final race of the season is the Abu Dhabi GP on 25th and 26th November. This will be Honda’s last chance to come good with McLaren and impress Toro Rosso.
What will the Abu Dhabi GP and 2018 season hold for both teams? I guess we will have to wait and see.