The reality check that should worry McLaren

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The civil war that erupted between Renault and its customer teams in Brazil exposed the significance of the manufacturer's engine woes this season. That should strike fear into McLaren, which is ditching Honda to avoid exactly that...

McLaren's Formula 1 executives are clearly feeling pleased with themselves as the 2017 season reaches its denouement. Zak Brown says the team is almost having "a few giggles", such is the level of excitement building within Woking at McLaren's F1 prospects for '18.

The MCL32 is clearly a good F1 car, it has developed strongly, and those woeful Honda engines are about to be consigned to the dustbin of recent history. A new deal with Renault is struck, which means dollops more power to go with a car McLaren's data suggests is broadly a match for the Red Bull RB13, which has won three races against the might of Mercedes and Ferrari this year.

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About this article
Series Formula 1
Drivers Fernando Alonso , Stoffel Vandoorne
Teams McLaren
Article type Analysis