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F1 Data Analysis: How Quickly Are McLaren-Honda Improving?

It was always going to be a struggle for McLaren this year, taking on a new engine manufacturer one year after Formula One introduced its new V6 hybrid power units. Yes, Honda had an additional year to observe the other manufacturers and develop their engine, but they were also missing a year of on-track data and race experience. Through four races in 2015, those deficiencies have manifested themselves in McLaren's inability to score a point—the only team other than Manor (using a modified 2014 chassis and engine) yet to to so. The key question for McLaren is: How quickly can they improve? By comparing some of the lap times from the first four grands prix, maybe we will be able to quantify that improvement—even if it is not alwa...

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