McLaren’s 2018 Formula 1 entry will be an ‘evolution’ of the current entry.
That is the news from Eric Boullier, the British team’s chief executive. He told Brazil’s Globo that although McLaren is switching from Honda to Renault power for 2018, the team is fairly content with its chassis.
„It has the least power, but we have one of the best cars in high speed corners,“ Boullier said in Abu Dhabi.
So despite the forthcoming move to customer Renault power, he conceded that would be the only significant change.
„We are not radically changing the car,“ Boullier said. „The 2018 car will be a 100 percent evolution of the current car.
„The radiators required by the Renault unit are smaller than those of Honda, making our aerodynamic task easier. But I cannot tell you anything else.“
Boullier also said McLaren will enter 2018 with another healthy budget, even though former team supremo Ron Dennis said previously that the team must have works engine backing.
„(Bahrain’s) Sheikh Al Khalifa and Mansour Ojjeh have a different vision,“ he said. „They made a decision for the sporting side, so we should not have a smaller budget in 2018.“
Both Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne will return as drivers.