Monaco Grand Prix. 4page supplement New York Times International Edition.

McLaren-Honda’s star driver, Fernando Alonso, racing in the Spanish Grand Prix in May 2017, where he finished 12th. Alonso will skip the Monaco Grand Prix this week end to compete in the Indianapolis 500. Photo Credit Mark Thompson/Getty Images.  Courtesy & with thanks Ian Parkes New York Times International Edition.

McLaren-Honda’s star driver, Fernando Alonso, racing in the Spanish Grand Prix in May, where he finished 12th. Alonso will skip the Monaco race for the Indianapolis 500. Credit Mark Thompson/Getty Images
There is no way to mitigate the disaster that this season has been for the McLaren-Honda Formula One team.

Now in the third year of the alliance, with Honda providing the power units, the opening months of this season have been deplorable. The team has yet to score a point after the first five races, and the list of technical issues has been embarrassing.

Since a revamp of the power unit over the winter, there have been electrical faults, water and oil leaks, and problems with horsepower. In the third race of the series, in Bahrain, the driver Stoffel Vandoorne failed to start because of a water pressure problem. In the next race, the team’s star driver, the two-time champion Fernando Alonso, also did not start because of a power unit failure.

And now the team is even allowing Alonso to miss the Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday so he can race in the Indianapolis 500. Alonso will be driving the IndyCar version of a McLaren-Honda, run by Andretti Autosport.

Courtesy & with thanks Ian Parkes. New York Times International Edition. 4 page Grand Prix Supplement. Photo Mark Thompson /Getty Images.

 

 

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