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McLaren: "What's wrong with the engine? Ask Honda"

Éric Boullier, the team director of Fernando Alonso's McLaren, gave a sharp answer to a question about continuing problems with the Honda engine.
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Stoffel Vandoorne.

An already fraught relationship between McLaren and their engine provider Honda took another turn on Tuesday when team director Éric Boullier responded brusquely to a question from reporters about the ongoing mechanical problems.

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The day had started off positively as Stoffel Vandoorne took to the track at the Circuit Barcelona-Catalunya without too many issues. The Belgian wasn’t tearing it up and posted modest lap times but at least his MCL32 was responding, and with the same specification as last week when the engine was causing all sorts of problems. Vandoorne completed 34 laps and then the issues resurfaced: the power unit malfunctioned and the car was called back in the boxes.

“We found an electrical problem, With the idea of maximizing track time we opted to swap it out and have a better look at the problem once we’d removed the power unit,” a Honda spokesperson told NBC Sports.

The US media outlet then asked Boullier for his opinion: “What’s the problem with Vandoorne’s engine? Ask Honda.”

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