Eric Boullier, the Racing Director for McLaren has insisted that StoffelVandoorne, Formula One’s rookie, is not under any sort of pressure from the team despite McLaren-Honda’s current poor performance
If the situation is to be analyzed under different circumstances, one of the analysis would have it that with the team struggling for reliability and pace, Vandoorne may just be risking his once-in-a-lifetime chance to prove that he belongs in the F1.
This comes on the heels of the issue in Bahrain where the highly-rated 24 year old Vandoorne was unable to start in the race due to a reliability problem, after two difficult races alongside Fernando Alonso, his McLaren teammate.
The McLaren boss who spoke to Auto Motor and Sport said;
“He is not under pressure. Stoffel knows that we believe in him and that we have him under contract for a long time.
“He does not have to prove it to us in every race. We understand that this is not possible at the moment.” (more…)
Race teams usually have news articles about their drivers as well as their automobile technology partners.
In this aspect McLaren and Honda have been in the news for some time. The partnership between the two companies had come under pressure when many flaws were pointed out with regard to engine power that might be a reason for the underperformance of the team in the past seasons.
The pre season had been troubling for both parties. The season opening Grand Prix in Australia will bring in questions as to whether both companies will continue their partnership. Most analysts are speculating about whether McLaren will sever ties with Honda or whether Mercedes as a former partner will step into the picture. The story of a problem between Honda and McLaren initiated when the first day of the winter test runs revealed engine troubles. It was felt by McLaren that Honda is not being able to deliver the leaps in performance that it promised for the new season. (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. (more…)