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McLaren Delighted With “Smooth” Integration of Renault Engine

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McLaren racing director Eric Boullier expressed the cheerfulness about McLaren and Renault initial integration, the Woking-based F1 squad announced that it would be separating from Honda at the end of the season.

Following three season’s of tough races and disappointing results, McLaren called it time with the Japanese manufacturer and struck a deal with Renault.

Boullier claims however that the late change from one power-unit supplier to another, while time consuming, did not hit any major problems.

“It went very smoothly,” Boullier told Racer.

“We maybe took a hit of two weeks at the most, but that’s very small and recoverable. [The challenge of integration] is going to be no bigger than it was with Honda.

“Renault is used to working with several teams, so they are very well organized for this and to be honest with you, it’s done today.

“All the engine and chassis designs are well integrated and now it’s just about car performance development.”

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