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McLaren feared staff exodus amid Honda struggles

Eric Boullier admits he was concerned staff would leave McLaren when it became clear in pre-season Formula 1 testing that Honda would struggle for third successive year. Honda had revamped its engine design over the winter, but a problem with the oil system in testing was just the first of a series of issues that led to repeated breakdowns. It was at that point racing director Boullier realised 2017 would be another difficult season and he was concerned about the impact that would have on the morale of the team. "I went to the management, showed them the data and told them that we cannot accept another year like this," Boullier said in an interview with the official F1 website....
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