Eric Boullier on Honda


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We will of course be pushing for Q3 on Saturday - as we have done over the past couple of races - but this circuit is unlikely to be as kind to us as Singapore in terms of outright lap-times. As ever, reliability will be key in these tough conditions, as points are only ever possible with a reliable car, as will avoiding any first-lap chaos, which is always easier said than
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Sep 25 2017
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For me, transparency is part of the racing culture, and anybody can challenge me – if somebody doesn't want me, that's different – but anybody can challenge me on the strengths of our chassis, and we know where we

I've been involved in racing all my life, and with the other series I've been involved in, I've won races and championships. This is how I see racing. If I can't do that, then I'm going to do another job because I would have nothing to do

My mission when I joined the team – and Honda had already been signed – was to bring a racing culture back into the team, which I believe I have

The power unit has gone backward in terms of performance this season, but that is to go another step forward, and hopefully it will be a big step when it happens. It's going to come one day,

Finally, well done to Honda for a small but useful update, which undoubtedly contributed to our improved form

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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