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Together with Honda we're working hard to improve our reliability, and avoiding incurring grid penalties - especially on this track, where our car has the potential to perform more favourably - will be key to increasing our points tally, which we're all so determined to achieve. On the back of a successful tyre test with Pirelli, we hope to continue this momentum with a strong result in Budapest and follow it with useful mileage during the post-race in-season test, which we'll as a platform for further development in the second half of the season.feedback
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Jul 24 2017
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Finally, well done to Honda for a small but useful update, which undoubtedly contributed to our improved form today.feedback

Like the majority of teams, we'll be taking this opportunity to introduce some new elements to the car, and, with the enthusiasm of the Spanish fans behind us, I hope we'll be able to complete some solid running and see an improvement in our reliability. It would be good to kick off the European races with some positive momentum, and what better place than in Spain with the full support of the passionate Spanish crowd.feedback

While the start of the year and the first round of fly-away races have not been easy for McLaren-Honda, we're looking forward to returning to the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya for the Spanish Grand Prix, marking the start of the European leg of the season. We don't anticipate a huge change of fortunes at this race, but getting Stoffel to the end of the grand prix in Sochi was a small reward for all the hard work being put in behind the scenes to address our reliability issues, and hopefully a sign of more positive things to come for the team.feedback

As for Fernando, I share his frustration. It's not acceptable to start the second consecutive grand prix with only one car, and we need to address this shortcoming immediately. He is naturally disappointed, but things will get better.feedback

You cannot hide behind a result like this. Finishing 14th is not why McLaren-Honda goes racing, and, believe me, we are working hard to make sure this level of performance doesn't last for long. That said, it's still extremely disappointing to run into reliability and performance issues during a race weekend -- we must work together to pull ourselves out of this position. Given the performance limitations he had today, Stoffel drove a very measured and efficient race, doing everything that was asked of him to look after his tyres and fuel.feedback

So I think it's going to be complicated for Honda to understand what's wrong, it could maybe be coming from some batch problems. I don't believe it is a car build problem but we can't find what's wrong... We can do two laps or we can do two days [worth of running]. It is a little bit less hot today, by the way. Maybe these five or six degrees are good enough, but I don't know. It's a bit strange.feedback

No, because it's very difficult to understand what's going on. We obviously changed the MGU-H four times and [Tuesday] morning, two laps, MGU-H gone, changed the engine, did 17 laps. [Wednesday] we had a small alert but we couldn't find anything wrong physically on the car and then since then we've run faultlessly, without any problems.feedback

We had good days last year as well I think. But today we are following the test plan and a lot of information has been understood and solutions tested on the car. So a very good test in terms of data and results.feedback

On an extremely hot day here in Bahrain, the mercury nudging 40 degrees, Fernando got through his planned programme without interruption, garnering us a large amount of data to crunch this evening. For Stoffel, things were quite a lot more tricky. His car was beset with serial MGU-H issues, which we're now investigating with Honda, and as a result he was unable to do anything like as much running as we'd have liked him to.feedback

Yes, we have decided to keep Stoffel's car on Barcelona spec and give new spec to Fernando for strategic reasons. But treatment is equal before the rumours start.feedback

Rumours are rumours and I guess our performance, especially during our testing sessions, have created such rumours. Obviously we are looking at every option to recover and catch up because we are definitely not in the position that we expected to be and wanted to be.feedback

I think we would. Yes, we'd be winning again.feedback

There are always a lot of stories about this. I think Fernando is being honest with us, just as we're being honest with him. He first wanted to see how the new car was. And... how the new regulations are. And I think he likes the new F1. He wants to be competitive because he has talent to show the world and to himself. I don't want to give you too much information, because I know a lot of teams want that information, but he's the best. Without a doubt. He's the best because he is, clearly, but over and above that, it can be shown.feedback

And we need to be competitive to keep him happy. If we're competitive he'll be happy and if not he'll take his own decisions.feedback

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