The Woking car and its Honda engine have 140 less HP than the best and will suffer in the 1.17 kilometers straight of Shanghai.
The Chinese GP one of the strangest of the championship, it is named after one of the most modern cities on the planet, but it is celebrated in a town of about 60 kilometers. It has capacity for 200,000 fans, but almost nobody comes until Sunday. The Shanghai International Circuit has some of the most beautiful curves but is characterized of having the longest straight of the World Cup until Baku appeared and with its straight of 2,100 meters.
On the Shanghai International Circuit Fernando Alonso expects a nightmare because this circuit and its straight will show the reality of the MCL32 of the McLaren Honda. The straight is 1.17 kilometers and the cars usually reach almost 340 km / h to reach a curve. The Honda engine has about 140 horsepower less than the Mercedes and Ferrari and over 30 Km / h of top speed, that will be a problem for Alonso on the straights of Shanghai Circuit.
Taking into account that the Japanese propulsive consumes much more time than the best, the situation can be dramatic. In fact, Eric Boullier already anticipated that this circuit and its long straight lines will expose all their weaknesses and also said something that was interesting and discouraging:
“We will not have as good pace with our rivals as in Australia.”
If we take into account that Alonso’s fast lap at Albert Park was three and a half seconds behind the best of Kimi Raikkonen, it’s better not to think about where they can be in China.
The ‘BBC F1’ predicted regarding the 400 meters from the end of that straight can lose the 160 horsepower ERS, that may worsen the MCL32. A bad weekend is expected for Alonso and McLaren Honda in Shanghai.