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Eric Boullier thinks McLaren could have won races in 2016

  • Published on 23 Dec 2016 11:29
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  • By: Dominik Wilde

McLaren racing director Eric Boullier has made the bold claim that McLaren could have won races in 2016 if they had the best engine.

Although the British team improved from ninth to sixth place in the constructors' championship, they still went the year without winning a race for the fourth successive season.

Much of their struggles have been put down to Honda's engine, and Boullier thinks that had the engine been different, they would have been more successful.

"If we had the best engine this year, we would have won races," Boullier told Autosport.

"We know, the GPS traces [of corner speeds] tell us."

However, Boullier said that not only improvements to the engine, but to the car as well are necessary.

"There is room for improvement everywhere with Honda," he said.

"It also drives your chassis development. Everything is connected.

"You can't make a car too draggy if you don't have enough power deployment because you lose time.

"You have to balance all the time. We work as one team with Honda to achieve what we want."

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  • ianf1

    Posts: 185

    Eh? Surely anyone with the best engine would win races by definition? Best by how much!? 1%? 100%? More McLaren empty words for sponsor pacification methinks.

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    • Dec 23 2016 - 12:18
  • The news blogs cry its RB which was in top in GPS corner speeds. If only a standardized way of knowing it.

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    • Dec 23 2016 - 18:06
  • Barron

    Posts: 625

    Good to see Eric received his early herbal Christmas present...

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    • Dec 23 2016 - 20:19
  • Eric needs psychiatric help. Working at Woking has a high price

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    • Dec 25 2016 - 10:06

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