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Honda preparing to ‘power up’ McLaren engine in Bahrain GP



McLaren Racing Director Eric Boullier says that from Bahrain Honda will “power up” its power unit following double finish at the Chinese Grand Prix and he added that team was again unable to score a point.

The Spaniard Fernando Alonso successively recorded his first finish of the season as he placed 12th, and his team-mate Jenson Button managed to finish 14th position following a post race time-penalty after final stint collision with Lotus’ Pastor Maldonado.

“No, frustrating yes because we are not where we want to be but not disappointing because we had no issues at all. Boullier told F1i.

“So there was a major step in terms of the reliability package this weekend so there’s no issue. This is a good achievements, and now we know we can power up the engine. It’s only with the same base but we know we have some potential we can unlock with this engine, so it’s OK.” He added.

“We knew this because some of the other engine manufacturers have a special mapping for qualifying but during the race they have to turn it down. So in the race it is more in our favour, let’s say. It’s step by step and the good thing is we know what’s left.

“Reliability was a constant problem for us so today is a very good achievement and we know which steps we can still get out of this engine so already from Bahrain we can power up a little bit the power unit. In Barcelona then we have another spec coming, we keep going and improving every race.”

Boullier acknowledged that McLaren is now out of position in the standings but is determined that the squad will soon haul itself up the order.

“Fighting towards the back of the pack still isn’t where we want to be,” Boullier told official McLaren website.

“We know we’re not in a position to fight for points yet – but, little by little, we’re getting there. And we must keep pushing to ensure there are improvements coming for every race.”


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