Tuesday 15 March 2016

Mclaren To Start 2016 Formula 1 Season With Unknowns

According to racing director Eric Boullier, McLaren are preparing for a tough season-opening weekend in Melbourne and arrive with a number of unknowns. Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso completed a combined 780 laps over two weeks in Barcelona but the Honda-powered team failed to complete their full pre-season testing programme.

McLaren are set to trial their 2016 package in Friday's practice at the Australian GP, and Boullier said “It's been a very long winter, and I know that I can speak on behalf of the whole McLaren-Honda team when I say that we can't wait to go racing again! We are certainly a step ahead of where we were this time last year in terms of preparation. That said, we didn't manage to complete our final configuration and set-up work for the first race, so we go to Melbourne with a number of unknowns. It won't be an easy start to the weekend in that sense, since we'll need to concentrate on setting the car up for each session and readying the final specification of our package as soon as we get to Albert Park

The results of the MP4-31 from testing seem to point at improved reliability, but it still remains to be seen where McLaren will find themselves in the pecking order. The team endured their worst season in 30 years in 2015 and finished the second pre-season test with a time which was two seconds adrift of Ferrari's leading pace.

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