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McLaren: 2018 'surprise' enabled self-reflection

McLaren chief Zak Brown says that the team’s “surprise” underperformance in 2018 was ultimately the trigger for it to re-assess its approach in Formula 1. McLaren struggled for performance and reliability during its three-year partnership with Honda and ended that relationship in a bid to move back up the grid. But McLaren continued to lack pace in 2018 amid issues with its MCL33 and took only sixth in the Constructors’ Championship, with most of its points scored in the first four events. McLaren Group reshuffled its set-up in April while in July Racing Director Eric Boullier was axed, with Gil de Ferran hired in the newly-created role of Sporting Director. McLaren...
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