Honda has recovered the power unit components from Fernando Alonso’s car following his massive accident in the season opening Australian Grand Prix, but has confirmed the need for a new one for Alonso at the Bahrain Grand Prix this weekend.
“We have recovered the power unit from Fernando’s car used in Melbourne. After initial investigation, we are massively disappointed that the ICE and most of the surrounding parts have been heavily damaged, as the impact from the accident was just too great. We will be replacing the complete power unit in Bahrain,” Yusuke Hasegawa, Honda R&D Co Ltd Head of F1 Project & Executive Chief Engineer, said in the team’s advance release.
Alonso, meanwhile, is keen to get back to work after his Australian race ended in such dramatic fashion.
“Firstly, I’m very pleased to be heading to Bahrain after the crash in Australia,” he said. “I’ve spent some time resting and I can’t wait to get back in the car. Although on paper Melbourne wasn’t a great race for us, before the crash I’d been having some good battles and the car felt pretty promising, so I hope in Bahrain we can experience more of the same.
“I really enjoy racing in Bahrain. It’s been a good circuit for me in the past – I’ve had three victories there – and there are quite a few good opportunities to overtake. There are lots of variables to think about and it’s one of the longest races, which usually produces some kind of drama. Hopefully we can enjoy some close racing and keep ourselves out of trouble.”