Car development in 2016 is underway for McLaren.
he developments for the F1 car of the company will continue after the summer break has concluded. This is part of the growing focus of the team and will continue into 2017. The outfit is based out of working. It is known to be more aggressive when it comes to adding updates to its car model and design. It has been able to get back on the podium with the changes introduced.
Most teams have stopped working on current car models as new rules would become an applicable next year. Most teams would be focusing on the new rules and models that would be applicable from next year. However, McLaren is continuing to focus on improving the MP4-31. As per the inputs provided by Eric Boullier, the racing director for the team, even after shutdown there are certain car developments that they will focus upon. The developments would be used in the next model year as well. The way forward is to bring about the changes in the current car model and adhere to the new rules at the same time.
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McLaren has an important racing event coming up in Russia. The company would be banking on the drivers, Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button.
As the drivers look to score points for their performances, the team’s boss, Yusuke Hasegawa would be trying to get the team the power unit to make a difference in the race.
Last year’s season had been troublesome for the company. Stoffel Vandoorne had been able to score the only points for the team in the New Year. That has been signs of improvement, but Hasegawa said that points need to be secured more and that should be the main goal of the company. As per him, the power unit is nearly close to being assembled with a weekend of races coming up. The team hopes to score good points this coming Sunday. Read more »
Former world champion Jenson Button believes McLaren Honda will come good despite their poor showing at the season opening Australian Grand Prix at Melbourne’s Albert Park last weekend.
The Englishman finished the race in last place, a full two laps down on eventual race winner Lewis Hamilton while rookie driver Kevin Magnussen, standing in for the injured Fernando Alonso did not even manage to finish the race. To cap it off, their qualifying session also didn’t go well and was the worst they have had in their long history.
This just goes to show exactly how far the team have fallen and how much they are behind the leading pack, especially the pace setting Mercedes cars. But Button, who signed a new two year deal with the team in December after being kept in the dark for much of the season about his future, is confident that they will get things right. He believes the team’s new engine suppliers Honda will eventually get things right. Read more »