McLaren not best car on 2015 grid – Honda

Aug.28 (GMM) Honda insists it is not solely to blame for McLaren’s woeful 2015 season.

With the MP4-30 raced by champions Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button still seriously off the pace, most fingers of blame have been consistently pointed at Honda, the obviously-struggling Japanese engine maker that returned to F1 this year.

But Yasuhisa Arai, Honda’s under-fire F1 chief, insists: “The (McLaren) car does not have the best mechanical and aerodynamic grip.

“Compared to Red Bull there is still a big difference,” he is quoted by Spain’s El Confidencial, referring to data obtained by GPS.

McLaren has been piling the pressure on Honda to improve, but even team boss Eric Boullier admits the MP4-30 chassis is not perfect.

“To be fair to Honda,” he said, “our chassis is better than last year’s, but not the best in the pitlane.

“Our car is quite ‘draggy’,” Boullier reportedly admitted, “we still have to improve things here and there.”

And Alonso is quoted as saying: “We are trying to improve performance.

“We are not good enough in power or aerodynamic and mechanical grip, so there are still many things to put in place to be competitive and win championships.”

Related News

  • 18/06/2015 Only Alonso to use ‘short nose’ in Austria Jun.18 (GMM) Fernando Alonso will get the first use of McLaren's new 'short nose' concept this weekend in Austria. But it is not all good news for the Spaniard on Thursday, as the […]
  • 04/02/2015 Jerez sees F1 move up a gear for 2015 Feb.4 (GMM) As the first test of the 2015 pre-season nears its end, more questions have emerged than have been answered. McLaren, for one, has struggled with its odd-sounding new works […]
  • 14/09/2015 McLaren wants race seats for Magnussen, Vandoorne Sep.14 (GMM) McLaren says it will work hard to ensure team juniors Kevin Magnussen and Stoffel Vandoorne are on the F1 grid next year. It appears likely that the Woking based team, […]
  • 26/05/2015 No celebrations after first points – McLaren May 26 (GMM) There were no celebrations on Sunday despite a major breakthrough for the burgeoning McLaren-Honda project. Six difficult races into the new Anglo-Japanese works era, Jenson […]
  • 21/04/2015 McLaren ‘on verge of points’ now – Alonso Apr.21 (GMM) Fernando Alonso says the new McLaren-Honda project is now on the verge of being able to score points. "We did not have a good start to the season," Yasuhisa Arai, the F1 […]
  • 19/04/2015 Alonso aiming for Q3 in Barcelona Apr.19 (GMM) For Fernando Alonso, the next target is Q3. The Spaniard's new project with McLaren-Honda started literally at rock bottom, but in the space of a month he has powered from […]
  • 20/08/2015 McLaren drivers to use two new engines each at Spa Aug.20 (GMM) It will be a long and tiring Belgian grand prix weekend for the McLaren-Honda mechanics. It was already known that, as Honda has traded in some of its upgrade 'tokens', both […]
  • 16/10/2017 McLaren needs time to catch Red Bull – Boullier Oct.16 (GMM) McLaren will need some time to catch up with the top Renault-powered team in F1. That is the claim of boss Eric Boullier, as the British team prepares to switch from Honda […]
  • 04/09/2015 McLaren ‘best chassis behind Red Bull’ – Alonso Sep.4 (GMM) McLaren is reverting to its older 'long nose' solution for the high-speed Italian grand prix. With struggling engine partner Honda, the British team has acknowledged that […]
  • 22/04/2015 McLaren improvement to be ‘gradual’ – Boullier Apr.22 (GMM) Fernando Alonso left Bahrain expecting McLaren-Honda to make a "big step" for the start of the forthcoming European season. Having switched from the now-resurgent Ferrari, […]