Honda has confirmed it will change the power unit in Pierre Gasly’s AlphaTauri Formula 1 car after recurring issues through qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Gasly will line up 10th on the grid at the Hungaroring on Sunday, but was left managing an engine issue that hindered much of his running through qualifying.
The Frenchman was heard reporting losses of power on his engine in Q2, but was informed by the team it “cannot fix the problem in this session, so we have to live with it, or try to push to get through”.
While Gasly made it through to Q3 in 10th place, he lost his final Q2 run as a result of the issue and was unable to set a time in the final stage of qualifying.
Honda has now confirmed it will undertake a complete power unit change on Gasly’s car “to avoid any further risk”.