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McLaren braced for difficult start to 2015

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McLaren is expecting to have a difficult start to the 2015 season but maintains that the new MP4-30 has "huge potential".

Over the course of 12 test days, McLaren has completed just 379 laps and abandoned several sessions early due to reliability issues - mostly with the Honda power unit. Racing director Eric Boullier admitted the team is not as ready as it had hoped to be ahead of the first race.

"Looking back at the last four weeks, our winter test programme has been difficult. However, that wasn't entirely unexpected: this time last year, we saw many teams in a similar situation when they introduced new power units for the first time. This year, we also had the added complexity that very tight packaging brings.

"In overview, the lack of mileage means we won't be as ready as we'd have liked, but we can take away the positive that all the running and data gathering we've done have confirmed that we're achieving the targets we set ourselves."

However, Boullier maintains the new McLaren and its Honda power unit has "huge potential".

"Even if it's likely to be a difficult start to the season, we know we can develop hard and fast, and that we'll surely unlock the huge potential that lies within the McLaren-Honda MP4-30."

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