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McLaren: First big chassis step is coming for Spanish GP

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McLaren: First big chassis step is coming for Spanish GP

McLaren: First big chassis step is coming for Spanish GP

McLaren-Honda at least had a good weekend when it comes to reliability, with Fernando Alonso contrasting a “perfect” Sochi 2016 to “the races last year when more or less we were tossing a coin for things to go wrong”. The continuing Achilles Heel, however, is the Honda power unit, amid suggestions the Japanese manufacturer will take its time to introduce upgrades this year.

Team boss Eric Boullier said key F1 rivals have already noticed the progress McLaren is making.

“Daniel Ricciardo praised our chassis and said that they are watching us very closely. That’s a sign. McLaren and Red Bull are perhaps the best organised teams,” he said.

“We are not far away now and the engine will be repeatedly upgraded all season,” Boullier revealed.

The first big chassis step is coming for Barcelona, he revealed, arguing that McLaren is already “behind Williams and Toro Rosso” in the pecking order.

Then, added Boullier, it will be up to Honda to also keep improving.

“It is important that Honda can speed up the process,” he said, “and understand that formula one means first actions and decisions and then analysis and planning.”

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