Date: 24th April 2017 at 7:55pm
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McLaren drivers Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne have been promised by Japanese manufacturer Honda a more reliable car for the Russian Grand Prix.

During the opening weekends of the 2017 Formula One World Championship season, McLaren have suffered from reliability issues.

One main issue has been the MGU-H, which is the part of the hybrid energy recovery system connected to the turbocharger of the engine and converts heat energy from exhaust gases into electrical energy.

This component has been the main issue for a number of reliability issues including Alonso’s engine failure during qualifying for the Bahrain Grand Prix and why team-mate Vandoorne failed to start the race.

‘The team has been working hard to implement some countermeasures to help combat our MGU-H issues. Honda chief Yusuke Hasegawa told

The report however believes that whilst new components will be run in Russia in the hopes of offering more reliability, they are not a new specification.

The changes mean that Fernando Alonso will use his third MGU-H, whilst Stoffel Vandoorne will use his fourth MGU-H of the season, any subsequent change during the remainder of 2017 will lead to a grid penalty.