Hydraulic leak sidelines Button and McLaren once again in Barcelona


Jenson Button has been sidelined once again on the first day of the final pre-season F1 test in Barcelona, after a hydraulic leak forced McLaren to change the engine on his car.

Following a change to Honda power units for the 2015 Formula 1 season, McLaren has endured a difficult winter as problem after problem rears its head on the new MP4-30.

In Barcelona last week, Button could complete just 45 laps in total due to a recurring issue with the seal of the MGU-K component on the Honda power unit.

Although teammate Fernando Alonso did manage to complete 59 laps on Friday, the Spaniard’s Sunday running was curtailed after just 20 laps following an accident that meant he had to be airlifted to hospital.

With just four days of testing left in Barcelona this week, Button had been hoping to drive the car in anger – something he confirmed last week he is yet to do – and find his feet with the MP4-30 before the first race of the year in Australia.

However, with just seven laps on the board on Thursday, McLaren confirmed that it had to park up and change the engine on the car following a hydraulic leak.

The team is yet to confirm who will be driving the car on Friday in Barcelona, but reserve driver Kevin Magnussen is set to complete some running over the next three days while Alonso recovers from his accident.

Supercross: Talon Hawkins to debut in Houston in relief of Jalek Swoll

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Talon Hawkins, 19, will make his Monster Energy Supercross debut on a 250 this week in Houston, Texas as a fill-in rider for Jalek Swoll.

During the Anaheim 2 weekend, the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna team announced Swoll underwent successful surgery to repair a broken arm suffered in a practice crash.

That same weekend, Hawkins made some noise. He took the lead from teammate Casey Cohran on Lap 2 of the 250 SX Futures Main and led for three laps before he was overtaken by eventual winner Daxton Bennick. Cochran also got around him to push Hawkins to third.

This will not be Hawkins SuperMotocross professional debut, however; he made three Lucas Oil Pro Motocross starts last year with results of 19th at Spring Creek in Millville, Minnesota, 27th at Ironman in Crawfordsville, Indiana and a best finish of 17th in the season finale at Fox Raceway in Pala, California.

Hawkins also has a top-10 finish in the 125 All-Star division at Pala in 2019 riding a Husqvarna.

Speaking with RacerXOnline.com before the Loretta Lynn Amateur Nationals, Hawkins predicted his future with Husqvarna would come down to how he performed in that race.

“It all just comes down to how I perform at Loretta’s,” Hawkins said. “Say I do really well, I get a top three in both classes and do a pretty solid job, I would like to go pro and just kind of finish out the rest of the series. But there’s also the option of waiting a little bit longer, going back out to [Aldon] Baker’s [Factory] or going anywhere and training, and just being prepared. I’m also open to that too. Honestly, it’s whatever the team wants. Whatever we think is the best option is what we’re going to go with. So, I don’t really have a plan right now, just looking into the future.”

Hawkins finished third overall in the 125 B/C and Schoolboy divisions at the Loretta Lynn Amateur Nationals.