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Alonso braced for “difficult weekend”, despite Honda progress

Fernando Alonso has admitted that McLaren is bracing itself for a “difficult weekend” in Australia this weekend, despite Honda hopeful it has made progress with its Formula 1 engine. The two-time world champion endured a frustrating pre-season testing programme, with McLaren’s running hampered by poor reliability and a lack of power from its new Honda power unit. Although Honda has been working on cures to address its engine mapping and reliability, Alonso is under no illusions that things will be dramatically different when the F1 season begins in Melbourne. “After a difficult two weeks of testing we’re prepared to face a difficult weekend in Melbourne,” said Alonso ahead of...
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