MCLAREN NEAR HONDA DE­CI­SION

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McLaren, who scored their long-awaited first points of the For­mula One sea­son in Azer­bai­jan on Sun­day, could have the fu­ture of their trou­bled re­la­tion­ship with Honda de­cided within weeks. The small break­through on the track was a wel­come sur­prise for a team that have been through the mill, but Rac­ing Di­rec­tor Eric Boul­lier saw lit­tle to cel­e­brate. “Some points are good for the team but it’s not where we want to be and it’s even more frus­trat­ing,” the French­man said af­ter dou­ble world cham­pion

Fer­nando Alonso fin­ished ninth in Baku. For the sec­ond most suc­cess­ful team in the his­tory of the sport, in terms of race wins, to have to wait eight races be­fore scor­ing their first points of the cam­paign is deeply em­bar­rass­ing and not some­thing they want ever to re­peat. Whether the team and Ja­panese man­u­fac­turer stay to­gether re­mains to be de­cided. Boul­lier told Sky Sports tele­vi­sion that while there was no firm date for a de­ci­sion. “We say now it is a ques­tion of weeks,” he said.

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