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Stockpiling Honda engines paid off, says McLaren

McLaren's strategy of taking penalty hits in recent races by "stockpiling" Honda power units paid off for Fernando Alonso in Brazil, according to the team's racing director Eric Boullier. Some weeks ago McLaren targeted Interlagos and Abu Dhabi as races which would prove more favourable to the package than other venues. The team tried to ensure clean weekends at those venues by taking penalties elsewhere, and adding fresh power units to the available pool. In Brazil Alonso used one power unit on Friday and change to another on Saturday without penalty, and he was able to start sixth and run without problems through the race to an eventual seventh place. "We obviously took a...
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