Fuel-sav­ing cost Mclaren chunks of time

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Mclaren could have matched the pace of Wil­liams in the Rus­sian Grand Prix if it did not have to fuel save dur­ing the race.

The team’s rac­ing di­rec­tor Eric Boul­lier be­lieves fuel sav­ing cost the team 50 sec­onds in Sochi. Fer­nando Alonso fin­ished an im­pres­sive sixth, but was al­most 53s be­hind fourth-placed Wil­liams driver Valt­teri Bot­tas.

Boul­lier said that the Mclaren’s Honda en­gine is less fuel ef­fi­cient than its ri­vals’, which ac­counts for the gap be­tween it and Wil­liams.

“We can see that we are the team that have a lot of fuel sav­ing for ob­vi­ous reasons,” said Boul­lier. “But with Fer­nando you could see to­wards the end of the race he was more than 1.2s faster [per lap].

“So with­out fuel sav­ing we’d save an­other 50s which we would’ve had at the end of the race.

“If you look, we are with Wil­liams [with­out fuel-sav­ing] so it’s the kind of progress we need to go [fur­ther]. The pace was good and the driv­ers were happy with the car bal­ance.”

Jen­son But­ton fin­ished 10th, mean­ing both Mclarens fin­ished in the points for only the sec­ond time since the team switched to Honda power at the start of last year.

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