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…)
The new boss of McLaren’s Honda F1 team, Zak Brown has said that he does not mind and would welcome it if Lewis Hamilton decides to return to the team.
He however reiterated that his first task, and major priority was to ensure that McLaren returns to its winning ways as soon as possible.
Lewis Hamilton, who had previously spent the entirety of his F1 career with the McLaren Honda squad had left in 2012 and joined up with Mercedes in his search for a new challenge.
Since moving away, Hamilton has won two World Championships whilst McLaren, since the last four seasons, has been unable to win a single race. Speaking to Sky Sports News HQ, Brown had said
“I will move heaven and earth to have the best two race-car drivers in our car,”
“Right now, we have them and Stoffel is going to be outstanding. Lewis is an awesome driver who has a great history here and I certainly wouldn’t rule anything out. But right now, I’m happy with what we have.”
With the Silver Arrows remaining the dominant force in the sport, there is no prospects of Hamilton leaving in the nearest future. Also, with an extension of his deal for a further three years just last summer, Hamilton has a few more years with Mercedes. (more…)
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.
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. (more…)