Life is full of disappointments, but not many have been as crushing as the story of the McLaren Honda Formula One team. The return to that partnership conjured images of the Senna-Prost glory days, but it mostly meant DNFs, engine failures and Fernando Alonso’s sad, dead-looking eyes. But for 2018, things will be…
McLaren finally tossed its partnership with Honda aside, meaning the team will have a new, different, hopefully slightly better Renault power unit for the 2018 race season. But the McLaren team still has to ride out (however much it can of) the 2017 season with a Honda power unit, which totally blows.
Here’s something you probably didn’t know: The McLaren-Honda Formula One team isn’t great these days. Wild, right? The team’s two-time champ, Fernando Alonso, has threatened to leave all year in the same vein as a teenager saying they’ll never talk to you again, and he’s still not sure if he’ll stay around.
McLaren-Honda was like the tumultuous relationship everyone had to keep tabs on in high school—the one doomed to not work out, but that somehow always showed up holding hands the next morning before class. So, naturally, the breakup is going about like you’d expect from a high-school relationship.
Reports of an imminent demise of McLaren-Honda’s partnership, a pairing full of failure (literally) and sadness, in Formula One are everywhere. It’s expected to be official within days, and even Bernie Ecclestone said McLaren’s switch to Renault engines is a done deal. But things are fine on McLaren-Honda’s Twitter…
While McLaren still hasn’t announced anything to the public yet, multiple sources are confirming that their divorce from Formula One engine supplier Honda has been finalized. McLaren will run Renault engines next year, per Sky Sports, and plans to announce it during the Singapore Grand Prix race weekend.
Honda, as of late, makes a very bad Formula One engine. Just ask the McLaren-Honda team and golden boy Fernando Alonso, who are both sick of “racing” it. (“Racing” is done with a working engine, hence the quotations.) But, even now, series bosses said they’re doing “everything they can” to keep Honda in F1.
That headline was mean. I’m mean. I’m sorry, I don’t know why I’m like this. Maybe someone teased me too much as a child. This video showing how Lego built a life-size replica of a Ferrari Formula One car isn’t even that great, I just wanted a chance to be mean. I’m sorry, again.
Before the season began, Honda had goals for the very bad engine it makes for the McLaren-Honda Formula One team. But Honda couldn’t keep the engine working long enough to meet them, and when it did work, it didn’t work well. But, rejoice! After 11 races, Honda finally met its pre-season performance goals.
McLaren-Honda’s had a triumphant few weeks. Driver Fernando Alonso scored the team’s first points of the Formula One season at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in June after a mere eight races of going scoreless, and he even set the fastest lap time at the Hungarian Grand Prix. Things are looking up.
McLaren-Honda’s Formula One team is bad, and it’s not because of the drivers. It’s because the team’s car tends to break and its engine tends to fail. But not to worry, friends and fans of Fernando Alonso—reports are that Honda will bring a slightly less miserable engine to the upcoming Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
McLaren is prepared to pay $99.3 million in order to rid themselves of Honda’s unreliable Formula One engines once and for all, reports The Daily Mail. McLaren hopes to reconnect with Mercedes for an engine supply because Mercedes’ engines actually work on a regular basis.
Professional McLaren Formula One sad man Fernando Alonso told Autosport that McLaren needs to start winning races by September for him to stay. Given that it’s more likely for space cats to discover unobtanium on Saturn by then, I think this is a nice way of telling everyone that he’s available for hire early on in…
This year, McLaren-Honda has been bad. Very bad. The worst in F1, actually. But it was fun to watch, as you knew McLaren was going to stick through it and maybe the two icons in racing would work things out. Well, McLaren just said “we’re near our limit” and may really cut things off.
Some of you have become complacent in your dislike of McLaren’s unreliable Honda Formula One engines. Let’s fix that. Here’s a video that will make you seethe with rage all over again. F1Board has a video of every mechanical failure since Honda reentered F1 in 2015.
Honda, the power unit supplier to blame for the McLaren Formula One team’s miserable lack of reliability lately, admitted that their MGU-H design—a key component of their engine’s hybrid system—can only last two races, reports Motorsport.com. MGU-H stands for “motor generator unit-heat,” as it recaptures heat energy…
Things just never seem to get better for McLaren-Honda’s Formula One team. There’s virtually no reliability, its own drivers complain about how bad the car is, and there’s even a website to track its failures. To add to the pain, McLaren-Honda is the only F1 team that hasn’t scored a single point yet in 2017.