Boullier: ‘Honda need to make things right’

Date published: March 5 2017

McLaren chief Eric Boullier has reflected on another turbulent start to the season after unreliable Honda provided a big headache in Barcelona.

An oil systems problem and an issue with the internal combustion engine saw McLaren race through two power units in as many days at the Circuit de Cataluyna, leaving Fernando Alonso, Stoffel Vandoore and the rest of the team playing catch-up for the rest of the week.

And Boullier said McLaren, as a result, are nowhere near where they should be heading into the second winter test on Tuesday.

“It’s not great, not at all at the level of what we wanted to show,” Boullier told Motorsport.com.

“We didn’t run much, we didn’t run enough, and we don’t necessarily perform when we do run.

“But we still covered a few miles, we started working around the car and understanding how it works.”

Boullier also said that the team are now having the reschedule their plans already and have been left with no choice but to continue testing during practice sessions at the Australian Grand Prix and beyond.

“There is no solution to make up the time we lost,” he added.

“Now, we need to get to the point and reprioritise the list of what we need to know.

“Then, unfortunately, some Fridays early in the season will be used as test sessions for what we should have done here. Nothing can be made up, you can’t make up time. When time’s lost, it’s lost.

“We’d better make out priorities for what we want to test, what we want to validate for what will be done next week.”

Boullier was asked about the overall targets for 2017, and suggested that their season will once again be defined by their engine suppliers

He said: “It depends which ones you’re talking about. The goals we, McLaren, set ourselves, we achieved almost all of them. But our goals on track are different.

“We need to wait for Honda, according to what I saw this week, to make things right a little bit, let’s say.”