Eric Boullier has admitted that he isn't sure if McLaren will make it to the finish line in Australia. The Woking-based team endured a horrible pre-season test, as the car hit problem after problem.
The issues have caused tension between McLaren and engine suppliers Honda, and there have been talks of the two splitting. However, a process to split and bringing in another supplier would take months, so it seems McLaren will stick with the Japanese manufacturer for another year at least.
2017 was the proposed year that McLaren would return to the front of the grid, however not only do they appear slow, but also unreliable. When asked if they would make the chequered flag in Australia next weekend, Boullier said: "I hope so but I do not know, we have more problems than we expected. We knew we'd run into some things, but not as much as we see now."
Boullier insists that the McLaren chassis is a good basis for the coming season: "We tried the chassis, downforce, suspension, everything we could to improve. We are still flying in parts for Australia."
But of course, everything revolves around the Honda engine and on that he said: "I do not know whether the Honda engine is good enough to compete with Mercedes, Ferrari and Renault, but if that is the case then we will be competitive."