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Mid-season review: McLaren gets a reality check 

Motorsport Week continues its team-by-team mid-season review with McLaren, which ditched Honda in favour of Renault but has made only minor gains. McLaren talked the talk but this year has had to walk the walk – and found the journey a struggle. Its malaise did not end with the departure of Honda and pre-2018 ambitions have been realigned amid frustrations with its recalcitrant MCL33. The late switch to Renault ultimately proved a hindrance while aerodynamic flaws – in effect creating a draggy package – left the team mired in the midfield. Race pace has been far stronger than qualifying speed but while it profited from rivals’ mistakes early on to score well, the...
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