McLaren and Honda rekindled their F1 partnership in 2015 but it hasn’t gone particularly well. Actually, that’s a big understatement. It’s been extremely tough.
The situation looked to be improving last year, but reliability issues and a lack of power have severely hampered McLaren’s fortunes in 2017 and the team is desperately considering its options.
Anyone who decided to pick McLaren for their career mode in the F1 2017 game was definitely up for a serious challenge. But that’s got a whole lot tougher.
We thought the latest F1 release was realistic. Codemasters has taken things to a whole-new level, though, because not only is the McLaren Honda engine broken in real life, but it’s not working in the game either.
Absolutely incredible. You couldn’t make this up…
Some F1 2017 players who picked McLaren for career mode have been furiously upgrading their car in the Research & Development hub, using up their hard-earned resource points.
They’ve been updating the engine and power unit, but haven’t been feeling or seeing any results. In past games, you could tell when the car had been upgraded, but that wasn’t what the players have been reporting.
Some have gone two or three seasons into their career mode without feeling any real improvement to the engine, but now we know why that is.
In a Codemasters forum thread about the issue, the F1 Support account confirmed that there is a bug in the game to do with the McLaren engine. It said:
So, McLaren’s own Honda power unit is faulty in real life and in the virtual F1 world too. This takes racing games to a new level of realism.
A fix is being worked on, so if you have picked McLaren for the career mode, perhaps focus on upgrading other areas until the problem is resolved.