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McLaren set for significant progress in Spain

One of the biggest disappoints of this season 2015 Formula One World Championship has been McLaren Honda.

The progress of Ferrari, closing the gap to Mercedes has been welcomed but the drop in form of both Red Bull Racing and McLaren has shaken up the F1 grid in 2015.

But whilst Red Bull Racing may have enjoyed a dominant four year stint in recent history, its the fall of McLaren and particularly their drivers which has hit Formula One harder.

The partnership of Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button is one of the most experienced on the grid and arguably the strongest pairing in Formula One.

Between them they have won three Formula One World Championships and 47 Grand Prix.

But instead of chasing for podiums and race victories, they are scrapping down at the back of the grid, struggling to finish races.

The duo signed up to the new project with clear optimism, the return of Honda to Formula One one of the most attractive propositions on the grid for anyone wanting to take the challenge to Mercedes and Ferrari.

But is the slow painful start about to turnaround?

McLaren racing director Eric Boullier believes that the team will take a significant step forward in Barcelona at the Spanish Grand Prix as they are set to introduce both car and engine upgrades.

'Most of the back end of the car will be new. Every race we bring new chassis parts to increase performance.'

'Hopefully we will have some new engine technology which will allow us to unlock some performance.'
he told the BBC.

'Any step would be satisfying. We cannot expect to have a huge step. These days are past. It is very incremental and this is modern F1.

'In terms of chassis, over the next four races there will be some massive upgrades coming, much bigger than what we have brought to the last two races. But I will be more satisfied when we are fighting for pole.'








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Date:Thursday April 23 2015

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