“Of course we are,”
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 signicant 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…