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F1: Fernando Alonso gets new F1 engine, just in time for the upcoming Monaco Grand Prix

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McLaren-Honda F1 driver Fernando Alonso will have a new engine fitted for the Monaco Grand Prix, but Honda has not yet spent any performance token in the process.

The 31-year-old Spaniard will receive a fresh internal combustion engine for the Monaco GP, his third of a permitted five engines for this season.

Alonso will have a revised Honda F1 engine following his accident at the Australian GP that destroyed his first engine while teammate Jenson Button will continue to use the same engine he used in the recent Spanish GP. Both racing cars will be fitted with upgraded batteries and control electronics units.

Alonso’s engine, which was stopped in the race when a fuel cut-off setting was activated, will stay in the pool of units that can be used in practice sessions.

Meanwhile, Honda has yet to decide whether to introduce any engine upgrades for the upcoming Canadian Grand Prix. Honda said that it has plenty of changes it wants to introduce, but has yet decided when to spend the 14 remaining development tokens it still has available for the rest of 2016.

F1 Rivals Mercedes and Ferrari have already introduced small performance updates earlier this season while Renault is set to introduce a significant upgrade for two of the four cars it supplies in Monaco.

Honda F1 chief Yusuke Hasegawa said that a decision will be made on tactical deployment of tokens and stated that Honda intends to spend its development tokens on real updates, and not taking small steps throughout the year.

“I haven’t decided yet,” Hasegawa said in a statement, via the Motorsport. “Although we are developing all the time, if we don’t care about tokens we are ready to update.

“But I need to decide the tactics about which Grand Prix we have upgrades, so I cannot tell yet. We have no concrete plan.”

Picture Courtesy: Mark McArdle/Wikimedia Commons

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