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Drivers Back Honda Engines Despite Difficult Start To Season

Drivers Back Honda Engines Despite Difficult Start To Season

Fernando Alonso walking away from his broken McLaren before racing began in Russia on Sunday was the most depressing image of a season of dreadful results but not everyone is against the engine causing the issues.

Alonso's car broke down on the formation lap of the Russian Grand Prix and he came to a complete standstill at the entrance to the pits as he got out and walked back to his garage.

It forced the rest of the field to do a second formation lap as McLaren went to recover their car with the Honda engine in. Five out of eight McLaren's have retired this season so far.

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Things have not gone well for Alonso this season. PA Images

It's led to the once great team to be right at the back of the pack, not very edifying for former two time world champion Alonso or teammate Stoffel Vandoorne.

However whilst many are questioning the Honda engine that is causing so many issues Sauber drivers Marcus Ericsson and Pascal Wehrlein think their team made the right choice in dropping Ferrari engines for Honda for next season:

"I think for the team it's a good step," said Ericsson. "Obviously looking at it now it doesn't look so good, because Honda is having very big problems.

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"But I think for longer-term it's the right decision for the team. I think there is potential there."

Ericsson and Wehrlein fighting for position last Sunday. PA Images

And Wehrlein, who missed the first two races of the season, echoed his teammate's sentiments adding, "I cannot say too much about it as I'm contracted to Sauber only for the 2017 season, but I think it's a great decision for the team.

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"Hopefully Honda is able to do its part to give Sauber the chance to be competitive next year."

Sauber are using last year's Ferrari engine this season and their lack of power was at fault for them finishing 17th and 18th in Russia with Vandoorne taking 14th place.

Honda might not have the best rep right now but two drivers clearly think it could get better.

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