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2015-03-11 11:30

NOT LOOKING GOOD: Former Formula 1 great Marc Surer says the new McLaren car's problem is with the engine. Image: AP / Manu Fernanez

MELBOURNE, Australia - Experts continue to worry about the early phase of McLaren-Honda's new collaboration.

Honda announced its intention to return to the sport with the British team way back in May 2013 but now, almost two years later, the MP4-30 is struggling even to run.

"I'm surprised that it's not working out," former F1 driver and Swiss commentator Marc Surer told German-language t-online, "especially as the team was running with the new engine in Abu Dhabi in 2014. There has been enough time for the problems to be sorted."


Surer said one problem could be the distances involved between the UK and Japan, making "fast solutions difficult".

Also surprised was Gerhard Berger, who late in 1992 drove into the record books as the last McLaren-Honda driver to win a GP.

The Austrian great told Osterreich newspaper that McLaren's current problems were "quite clearly on the engine side".

"I have a feeling something may have been miscalculated," he added.

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