Honda to bring 'Spec 3' PU to Austrian GP
27 June 2017 – Honda chief Yusuke Hasegawa has confirmed that its 'Spec 3' power unit will be introduced at the Austrian Grand Prix, following a successful test in Azerbaijan.
McLaren-Honda has struggled for reliability and performance this year and sits last in the Constructors' Championship with two points, scored by Fernando Alonso in Baku.
Alonso sampled the 'Spec 3' power unit during Friday practice, before reverting to 'Spec 2' for the remainder of the weekend, as Honda pushes to close the gap to its rivals.
Hasegawa has now confirmed that the green light has been given for both Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne to run the upgraded package at the Red Bull Ring.
"Although we still saw a big gap to the front-runners, it was a great result if we consider that we started from the back of the grid on what is a very power-hungry circuit," said Hasegawa.
"For the next round in Austria, we are scheduled to bring our updated Spec 3 PU for both cars following the successful test in Azerbaijan.
"In the meantime, we will continue our development with our best efforts in order to continue closing the gap."
Alonso and Vandoorne took sizeable grid penalties for Sunday's race, worth 40 and 35 places repsectively, having taken on several new power unit elements.