Fernando Alonso Hits Out At Honda: ‘No Reliability, No Power’

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McLaren has endured a tough few years but, after switching out Honda power units for Renault, executive director Zak Brown is optimistic for a turnaround.

It's been awhile since McLaren has had reason to celebrate following a Formula 1 race. With no podium finishes in 78 Grands Prix -- Kevin Magnussen and Jenson Button scored second and third place in the 2014 Australian Grand Prix -- getting back to the front is Brown’s No. 1 priority.

“We’re going to get back to the front and see how far we can get,” Brown told Autoweek at the Autosport International motorsport event in Birmingham, England. “Obviously we’d have liked it (the Honda relationship) to have gone better, but that’s racing. You take risks. It’s a chapter in our history. It’s closed now, and we’re thinking about 2018.”

Poor performances and a lack of results have cost McLaren dearly in recent seasons. Sponsors have left the team, and then there is the matter of the dwindling prize money that goes with diminished results.

Brown declined to put a figure on just how much the Honda relationship cost the team, but he maintained that the deal was the right move in the moment.

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“There’s the prize money which is out there as to what that cost (the team) by lack of performance,” said Brown. “I think it was the right decision at the time. Sometimes you get it right, sometimes you don’t. It would be, I think, unfair to say it was the wrong decision; I think it was the right decision at the time.”

In changing power unit suppliers to Renault, McLaren hopes for an improvement in reliability. However, the French manufacturer showed it still has some issues to resolve. This was especially evident in Mexico, where, despite Max Verstappen’s dominant win in the Renault-powered Red Bull, the weekend saw the other five Renault-powered cars retire with engine trouble.

“Of course you want to see the engine being as dominant as possible, but we’re confident," Brown said. "We knew that they were going to be trying to unleash a little bit extra horsepower and with that would potentially come some reliability issues, so we’re no more concerned than we would be going into any season.”

The offseason for McLaren has taken on an interesting twist with Fernando Alonso taking part in the Rolex 24 at Daytona 24, but Brown believes the Spaniard's heart still remains in F1. But if Alonso's commitment to McLaren wavers, Brown is confident in McLaren’s 18-year-old reserve driver Lando Norris.

“I think that Fernando is driving great, so it’s going to come down to how much longer he wants to do it," Brown said. "He certainly has a few more years in him in Formula 1 if that is what he chooses, and it’s great that we’ve got who we think is the fastest up-and-coming driver.”

Source : http://autoweek.com/article/formula-one/mclaren-f1s-zak-brown-honda-power-was-right-decision-time



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