Eric Boullier: Baku is most painful weekend ever

Lewis Hamilton is targeting a fourth F1 championship
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25 June, 2017

Alonso has accrued 40 places of penalties for using his fifth V6 engine on top of a new MGU-K, MGU-H and turbocharger, while Vandoorne has picked up 35 places.

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Fernando Alonso believes Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo were left "confused" by the lack of pace he has in his McLaren-Honda.

Alonso's manager Flavio Briatore tweeted a picture following a dinner he had with Mercedes bosses' Toto Wolff and Niki Lauda on Friday night before Luis Garcia, another of Alonso's management team, enjoyed lunch with Renault chiefs Alain Prost and Cyril Abiteboul outside the team's hospitality suite ahead of qualifying. "I don't think it will be too different." .

But despite McLaren's troubled campaign, Alonso's F1 displays have remained impressive, while he also performed well at the Indianopolis 500 race in May.

Vandoorne noted that he, just like Alonso, will probably face a penalty for replacing the engine of his F1 vehicle, so they will probably be competing for places in the bottom-row of the starting grid.

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"Because we'll start from the last row due to the penalties, we'll take it easy in qualifying and save as many sets of tires as possible for the race".

"I'm a racer like these guys [Alonso and Vandoorne], so this is the most painful weekend I've ever had, I think", said Boullier.

There are rumours that he could move to Mercedes but Lewis Hamilton is still a part of the team and there are no reports that he will be dropped when his contract expires at the end of this season. "But we are very happy with our driver line-up".

"It wasn't an engine failure", Boullier said, responding to a question about the Honda relationship that referenced an engine issue.

"We know we're not competitive around here, but the race is going to be long and demanding".

"Very open for anything so let's see what the next months bring for McLaren, because it's a team that I'm running now, a team that I like and in the last two or three years we've put a lot of effort in all together to grow up in this project. This why we will not be rushing into any decision when it is not necessary".


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