Published: Sun, March 11, 2018
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Give us time - McLaren plead patience with new Renault engine

Give us time - McLaren plead patience with new Renault engine

Renault has blamed faulty batteries for electrical problems suffered in testing by McLaren and Red Bull, both teams who use their engines.

McLaren sadly suffered a bad luck again as their vehicle broke down numerous times and this time they don't have a power unit to blame. In terms of the set-up we know more or less where we are with all the systems on the auto.

"The set-up work you do here in Barcelona means nothing, and I am not anxious to lose half a day as whatever set-up optimisation you do here will mean nothing in Australia".

Red Bull needs to be within 0.3s of Mercedes' one-lap pace in order to challenge for victories during the 2018 Formula 1 season, according to Max Verstappen.

Thursday was smoother as Stoffel Vandoorne clocked 151 laps but they lost another four hours due to a turbo problem before Fernando Alonso set the second quickest time of the day and third-quickest of the test - on the hypersoft tyres.

The Spaniard was sidelined for nearly five hours by an oil leak and engine change before eventually returning to put in the second fastest lap of the day and third fastest of this year's testing. "They want to see more data". "So I don't see any reasons why we should not have a top engine". "Despite the problems we've faced, we're taking home an extra 810km of data back to Woking compared to this time past year, which will help with our analysis and inform the direction we will take with vehicle set-up when we arrive in Melbourne".

"In the afternoon session the engineers worked hard to condense our programme to provide us with as much track running as possible, and the whole team pulled together to get a significant amount of work done this afternoon", said Boullier. "And this is the only one you refer to".

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Despite the difficulties it faced, Honda says it can be "proud" of... "But I'm quite confident we can be competitive", predicted Boullier. "It is more complex than ever", he said.

"That's why we test them here".

Verstappen's bullishness about the auto is matched by Red Bull's motorsport advisor Helmut Marko, who thinks that the team's chassis is strong enough to fight with Mercedes. We now will return to the factory armed with massive amounts of data to analyse before we head to Australia in two short weeks.

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