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McLaren lost 50 seconds in Russian GP due to fuel saving

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McLaren lost 50 seconds in Russian GP due to fuel saving

McLaren lost 50 seconds in Russian GP due to fuel saving

McLaren-Honda F1 team successively made first double points finish finish of the season at Russian GP, following the race team race Director Eric Boullier believe that, they would have been able to fight with Williams, had it not been for the fact they had to fuel save like mad.

Boullier claims that, they are lost around fifty seconds due to the fuel-saving mod for Honda power and that Fernando Alonso was in fact lapping 1.2 seconds quicker than Williams’ speedy Felipe Massa at the final stint of the race.

‘We can see that we are the team that have a lot of fuel saving for obvious reasons,’ said Boullier.

‘But with Fernando you could see towards the end of the race he was more than 1.2s faster [per lap].

‘So without fuel saving we’d save another 50 seconds which we would’ve had at the end of the race.

‘If you look, we are with Williams [without fuel-saving] so it’s the kind of progress we need to go [further]. But that the pace was good and the drivers were happy with the car balance.’

The double-time world champion, Alonso was pleased with the improvements in form of his McLaren as he ended a run of 12 races without a point with his sixth place in Sochi.

‘I feel happy,’ the two-time world champion said. ‘We deserve the points, finally, after some unlucky situations. The pace was very good.

‘We had the fifth-fastest lap of the race so I think sixth position is what we deserve and I’m happy with the way everything is going. We seem more and more competitive every race, so let’s hope from Barcelona and Monaco to get some more points.’

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