McLaren drivers Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne's grid penalties at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix on Sunday have been extended to 40 and 30 respectively, the International Automobile Federation (FIA) said.
The majority of problems for engine partner, Honda, this season have come in the form of MGU-H problems.
This time, it was not just a failure of power, but also gearbox issues.
With the 1.4 mile long main straight, the beleaguered Japanese manufacturer has made a decision to fit the new part in Azerbaijan, where expectations are low for performance and a result.
Alonso has yet to make the podium with his Honda-powered McLaren and there have been very few signs of improvement, the two-time world championship failing to score a point this year while recording three DNFs.
On the evidence of 2017's opening seven races, Mercedes and Ferrari now represent the only two F1 teams where success is all but assured, though Alonso has admitted that he does not "have a clear picture of what is going to happen".
Both Honda and Renault have reported a step in engine performance after bringing updates to their power units at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. For this, he receives yet another 15 place penalty.Читайте также: Accenture teams up with Microsoft to provide legal identification to refugees
"I don't think about it", he said.
"But no, this is our speed, we are starting a timed lap, is the way it is".
While accelerating through the middle sector, Alonso slowed with smoke emerging from the rear of his McLaren and took to team radio to tell the team "engine".
"Because I couldn't do the long run we had planned today, I [expect] tomorrow, in FP3, I'll start with full tanks and go for a run of 15 to 20 laps to try and recover the track time we lost today", Alonso added.
"It will be great if Fernando is up there racing with us at the front".
Securing and announcing a Mercedes supply for 2018, could amount to the same thing in Alonso's mind, and convince him to stay on for 2018.
Fernando Alonso believes Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo were left "confused" by the lack of pace he has in his McLaren-Honda.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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