Jenson Button is set to use his second power unit of the 2016 F1 in next weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix following an issue on the Internal Combustion Engine (ICE).
In Bahrain the Brit forced to stop race after six laps due to power loss, with Honda since confirming that it was linked to an issue on the ICE.
“There was a mechanical issue on Jenson’s ICE which we will replace for the upcoming race weekend,” Honda F1 boss Yusuke Hasegawa said.
“The situation has been thoroughly investigated, and will be rectified in all future engines to be used.”
Jenson Button: “The Bahrain race weekend was bittersweet on my side of the garage. We definitely saw another step in the car’s performance from Australia as we keep learning more about the handling and characteristics of the car, and bring new upgrades to each grand prix.
“Friday practice was a real positive, but unfortunately we couldn’t make it stick in qualifying and then suffered reliability issues in the race. Saying that, until the point when we lost power, the car had felt very good, and I’m hopeful that we can continue that momentum in Shanghai and make the most of the package we have.
“The Chinese Grand Prix is a very different challenge from the past two races, and I’ve enjoyed racing there in the past.
“My victory there in 2010 was very memorable and a great race – it just shows how the changeable conditions can really mix things up – so I hope we can enjoy some more good racing there this weekend, and most importantly, see the chequered flag.”