“Of course we are,”

F1 Racing - - INSIDER -

says Boul­lier, rmly. “I think we are more than ever.”

Hasegawa adds: “Yes, I think so. Of course, the en­gine is not strong enough yet and McLaren still make some mis­takes – as do all of the teams – but as soon as we get on to the rst row, we are ready to win.”

That’s a signicant caveat, but there is an un­mis­tak­able sense of op­ti­mism about both McLaren and Honda as this sea­son be­gins to wind to a con­clu­sion and more and more at­ten­tion is fo­cused on 2017.

How can this be so, when, at the time of writ­ing (after the Bel­gian Grand Prix), the team are lan­guish­ing in sixth place in the con­struc­tors’ cham­pi­onship? Al­low us to ex­plain…

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