14:48 – Honda chief Yusuke Hasegawa insists that frustration-filled comments issued by either McLaren or the Japanese power unit supplier in the midst of its difficult campaign does not mean a divorce is on the cards.

McLaren-Honda, in the third year of its reunion, has endured a troubled opening seven rounds, amid a lack of reliability and performance, with the operation yet to score a point.

McLaren was linked with a return to Mercedes power for 2018 earlier in the year before Zak Brown emphasised that it was committed to Honda.

However, McLaren has ramped up the rhetoric in recent weeks, claiming it has “serious concerns” over the manufacturer, and has formed a “Plan B and Plan C” for 2018.

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