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2015-07-01 07:58

ENGINE TO BE REPLACED: Fernando Alonso's first-lap crash in Austria could return to haunt him as Honda believes his power unit may need to be replaced. Image: AP / Kerstin Joensson

LONDON, England - The 2015 British GP at Silverstone will not be a happy home race for McLaren.

McLaren hit new lows in Canada and Austria and the hits will keep coming at Silverstone on July 5.

Jenson Button said: "It's never the way you want to get to the British GP after the two weekends we've had but the reason for last weekend is I didn't want to take penalties at Silverstone."


He was referring to his 25-place grid penalty after running through his allocation of four "power units"for the season, amid Honda's disastrous return to F1 in 2015.

And the team's run of bad luck is not yet over...

Honda admitted on Tuesday (June 30) that Fernando Alonso's first-lap crash in Austria damaged his new engine and the issue that caused Button to retire was"still under investigation".

Honda's Yasuhisa Arai said: "We've completed thorough checks of both power units back at the factory, and we believe that Fernando's power unit has sustained damage from the crash, and it may be necessary to change the engine."

Watch Alonso's Austria crash below:


After debuting the new 'short nose' package in Austria, dubbed "almost a B-spec car" by boss Eric Boullier, McLaren has some more aerodynamic updates for Silverstone but Button knows it will not be a good weekend.

It is now 18 months since his father John died and Button smiled when he thought about what advice his dad would be giving McLaren-Honda chiefs.

Button said: "You don't want to know what he would say - the team doesn't want to know what he would say.

"I used to love it when he would say to my engineer before a race when I was on pole 'It's easy from here, just don't f**k it up'."

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