McLaren right to 'take risks' for F1 2018 approach - Eric Boullier

Stoffel Vandoorne concerned as McLaren problems continue

Boullier, though, asserted that McLaren has taken the correct approach, as it bids to re-emerge as a competitive force with Renault, following its hard Honda partnership.

McLaren have defended their "ambitious" auto design after Fernando Alonso suffered more reliability problems on Friday's final day of Formula One pre-season testing.

"If you compare our auto to last year's vehicle it is so much more sophisticated, and so far everything is working as we expected". "Like anything, you don't do it in one day".

Max Verstappen doubts Renault and McLaren will be a threat to his Red Bull Formula One team this season despite all three former champions now having the same engines.

"Fernando put in some solid laps, and he - and we - have ended the day happy with 93 laps completed after a pretty challenging start".

A few hours of work later however, Alonso was back out running, with no difficulties compromising the remainder of a session in which he finished second fastest, 0.563s adrift from Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen.

Boullier took the time to thank the whole team for their efforts across the past two weeks of testing, and they leave Spain with a lot of data to trawl through ahead of the new season, considerably more information than they had twelve months ago ahead of their final season with Honda. "Wait and see. If you judge based on a few issues on three days, it's better to wait a few races".

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"He says he has seen enough to judge the auto", the Frenchman added.

Red Bull has been strong in pre-season testing so far, with Daniel Ricciardo topping the Barcelona times on Wednesday and Mercedes technical director James Allison singling out the team for praise. "We are now trying to get McLaren back where it should be".

McLaren have switched to Renault this season after terminating their hard three-year relationship with Honda.

"It looks like there are some teams which have progressed well, like Haas and Renault. Hopefully we can match them". All the talk in the paddock appears to be centred around whether Red Bull, not Ferrari were close to Mercedes.

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"But I think we're going to fix it and if we can be competitive we're going to have what we wanted".

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