Connect with us

2015 F1

McLaren-Honda will be ‘strong’ despite troubled start – Dennis



McLaren-Honda stopped on its second run
Ron Dennis has played down suggestions Honda’s 2015 engine programme is running behind schedule.

After a recent filming day at Silverstone, the interim Honda-powered McLaren had its first true test day in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday.

With young tester Stoffel Vandoorne at the wheel, the day’s programme did not go to plan.

The car – notably featuring extra cooling vents in the bodywork – spent the entire morning in the garage and then it broke down, eventually completing not a single timed lap.

But the British team said in a statement that the day was “positive”.

“Running a modern formula one car is a very complicated procedure,” said boss Eric Boullier, “and this week’s test is all about how the departments at Sakura, Milton Keynes and Woking learn to work with the operational hub at the circuit.”

McLaren supremo Ron Dennis is also confident that, after two consecutive disappointing seasons for the Woking team, the McLaren-Honda next year will be strong.

He denied that the team’s new works partner is running behind schedule.

“This year, teams only started testing their cars for the new regulations in February,” the Briton said in an interview with Brazil’s Globo Esporte.

“But we are running the Honda power unit already, before the winter testing.

“As a team and with Honda, we understand the challenges of these new power units and I am in a position to say that we will be strong,” Dennis insisted.

Honda aside, he also said he is confident McLaren will produce a better car than it managed to do in 2013 and 2014.

“You have to realise something: the group that designed the 2015 car is completely different to the one that did the last two,” said Dennis.

He said 20 “very able” new engineers have joined McLaren, including Red Bull’s aerodynamics chief Peter Prodromou, while 50 roles have been restructured.

“We believe we have set the direction that will allow us to start the next championship on a very high level,” added Dennis. (GMM)


Latest Results

Latest F1 News

2018 F13 days ago

Sirotkin sponsor wanted discount for 2019

Sergey Sirotkin should not be too disappointed that his F1 career is over. That is the view of Mika Salo,...

2018 F13 days ago

Hartley thought he had ‘long term contract’

His F1 adventure may be over for now, but Brendon Hartley says his motor racing career is still very much...

2018 F14 days ago

No ‘off season’ for axed F1 driver Vandoorne

There will be no winter ‘off season’ for one 2018 F1 driver. Dropped by McLaren, Stoffel Vandoorne has been snapped...

2018 F14 days ago

Super Formula ‘good training ground for F1’ – Marko

Japan’s Super Formula is now a “good training ground” for Red Bull’s future F1 drivers. That is the view of...

2018 F14 days ago

Departing Ericsson says F1 ‘artificial’

Marcus Ericsson has departed F1 by saying the category is “a bit artificial”. The Swede drove in F1 for Caterham...

2018 F14 days ago

Todt proud to ‘fight’ for Halo

Jean Todt says he is proud he continued to “fight” for Halo. The cockpit protection innovation was highly controversial from...

2018 F14 days ago

Horner sad to farewell Ricciardo

Christian Horner admits he is sad that Daniel Ricciardo has left Red Bull. The team boss said Australian Ricciardo alongside...

2018 F14 days ago

Bad season not all Bottas’ fault – Salo

Former F1 driver Mika Salo has defended Valtteri Bottas at the end of a bad season for his fellow Finn....

2018 F14 days ago

Ecclestone doubts F1 will race in Miami, London

Bernie Ecclestone doubts Liberty Media’s ability to deliver a second US grand prix on the streets of Miami. Plans for...

2018 F16 days ago

Top two teams could tempt Alonso – Briatore

Fernando Alonso will return to formula one “if Mercedes or Ferrari” come knocking. That is the view of Flavio Briatore,...

Most Popular is not affiliated with Formula 1, Formula One Management, Formula One Administration, Formula One Licensing BV, Formula One World Championship Ltd or any other organization or entity associated with the official Formula One governing organizations or their shareholders. Copyrighted material used under Fair Use/Fair Comment.

We could use the following leading F1 news sources for stories: SkyF1, BBC F1, Autosport, ESPN F1, FIA Media Center, MotorSport, JamesAllen and others leading authors blog.

All Rights Reserved © 2017 Prime Sport Media