We Won’t See McLaren’s Real 2018 F1 Car Until Spanish GP

McLaren-Renault fans will get to see what their favorite racing outfit can really do this year starting next month in Barcelona, at the Spanish Grand Prix.

So far, this year’s car has been an upgraded version of the 2017 racer that, under Honda power, only managed to secure 30 points and was second to last in the standings at the end of the season. Now, through three races, McLaren already has 28 points and is currently the fourth best team on the grid.

Still, while the Renault-powered MCL33 has performed well during races, it hasn’t looked too good in qualifying, lacking straight line performance.

“The 2018 car is coming to Barcelona, and obviously we hope that’s the car we expect it to be,” said racing director Eric Boullier in an interview with Autosport.

“The car we have now is as per plan, it’s not that we missed the targets with it. But we missed the schedule targets with it, which means the car we’ll have in Barcelona should have been in Australia. So we are running actually with an evolution of last yer, and not the new car. And this car hopefully will be the one that we expect”.

Despite these limitations, McLaren have finished in the points in each of the first three races of 2018, so there’s no telling how good they can be at the Spanish GP on May 13th. Challenging Ferrari and Mercedes would be ideal, though beating Red Bull is, quite probably, the first target since both teams run the same engines.

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  • Which means more nightmare for Renault to try to catch up with their own customer team.

  • panda-R

    beating red bull? Did someone not see the Red Bulls in the Chinese GP?
    Good luck.

    • Some ol’ bloke

      But they were beating them for the first 2 races….. 🙂

  • Tumbi Mtika

    K. Sure, McLaren.

  • fabri99

    I hope they make it, the more competition the marrier.

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