Honda has not yet decided whether they will introduce their latest power unit upgrade in the McLarens at this weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix.
Both the team’s drivers have already used the maximum permitted five examples of each type of power unit component, meaning they will have to take a grid penalty if they do use new parts this weekend.
However Honda may prefer to take the upgrade and penalties this weekend in order to avoid a grid demotion at the next round, their home race at Suzuka.
“We are not 100 per cent certain if we will install any power unit updates for this race,” said Honda’s research and development chief Yusuke Hasegawa. “We’ll look to make our final decision at the track based on the balance of performance and reliability.”
McLaren racing director Eric Boullier expects a competitive weekend for the team at the Sepang circuit but admits reliability will be a concern at one of the hottest races on the calendar.
“If we can achieve reliability on both sides of the garage, I’m hopeful for a positive weekend,” he said.
“We’ve proved recently that our package is a firm contender in the midfield pack and we have the potential to finish ahead of some strong teams, so we’ll keep fighting to maintain our position and move closer to the front of the grid.”
2016 Malaysian Grand Prix
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