McLaren-Honda plans major upgrade for Austria

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Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button's hopes of closing in on the front of the Formula 1 field will be boosted by a major aerodynamic upgrade planned by their McLaren team for the Austrian Grand Prix.

In the wake of Button delivering McLaren-Honda its first points of the season in Monaco, the team has hopes that further improvements are just around the corner.

Motorsport.com has learned that the Woking-based outfit has been preparing a significant overhaul of its car for Austria that it hopes will deliver a good step forward in form.

Although it falls short of being a B-spec version of its 2015 F1 challenger, the changes to the wings, floor and bodywork of the car will be extensive.

There is a chance that some of the new parts may even be ready for next weekend's Canadian Grand Prix, but the full package will only come at the Red Bull Ring event.

McLaren racing director Eric Boullier told Motorsport.com after the Monaco GP that hopes were high of big progress soon.

"We keep pushing, we keep improving every race," he said. "There is now more visibility about the performance coming for the next races, so it's just encouraging.

"I think Canada will be a difficult one, but from Austria is should be better."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jenson Button , Fernando Alonso
Teams McLaren
Article type Breaking news