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Honda arrival not a distraction - Boullier

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Eric Boullier has denied that the arrival of Honda engines in 2015 is distracting McLaren from getting the job done this year.

After a disappointing 2013 campaign, McLaren made a bright start at this year's Australian Grand Prix but has quickly dropped off the pace at recent races, with the team failing to score a point at the last two races. The arrival of Honda engines next year will bring an added work load this season, but Boullier insists it will not impact on the team's 2014 efforts.

"I disagree because you can't allow yourself to think and wait in motor racing," he said. "Actually the 2013 year should be a benchmark for us to never do it again, and 2014 should be seen as a year that is not a transition year, but a year of rebuilding a winning team. In the middle of this we have this extra challenge to work very efficiently today with our partner Mercedes and then later in the year start to implement the Honda arrival."

Boullier joined McLaren from Lotus over the winter and has now spent four races as racing director under team boss Ron Dennis. He believes McLaren does not need major changes, but a few tweaks in the way it goes about developing its car.

"There is nothing fundamental, clearly this team clearly has good individuals. I think when you had the testing and this kind of things there was an engineering model that worked very well and maybe over the last few years with more and more restrictions, first with no track testing and then less and less freedom, there has maybe been a little bit of a shift of a couple of processes that need to be reviewed. Nothing fundamental, we just need to reconsider a little bit how we strategically build our car, build our performance and develop our performance."

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