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Aug 23

‘Fitting tribute’ set to celebrate Bruce McLaren legacy

Boullier hints it will be ‘a fitting tribute’ to the founder’s legacy

2017-06-11_1205“Bruce would have celebrated his 80th birthday on 30th August, so on Sunday we’ll be honouring his incredible legacy with a fitting tribute.”

McLaren-Honda racing director Eric Boullier has plans for a special tribute to the team’s founder Bruce McLaren on race day at the Belgian Grand Prix, while he feels the team has reasons to remain optimistic for the remainder of the 2017 Formula 1 season.

The Woking-based squad enjoyed its strongest result of the season just before the summer break with its first double points finish of 2017 in Hungary which saw McLaren leapfrog Sauber at the bottom of the F1 world constructors’ championship.

Having had time to rest and recharge for the second half of the season, Boullier says McLaren’s goals remain focused on showing its improvements from a disastrous start to the year with its unreliable and underperforming Honda power unit.

Starting at the Belgian Grand Prix, where Stoffel Vandoorne will enjoy his maiden home F1 race, McLaren will also run a special tribute to founder Bruce McLaren in preparation for what would have been his 80th birthday next Wednesday (30th August). What the McLaren celebration will include remains unknown but Boullier hints it will be ‘a fitting tribute’ to the founder’s legacy.

“Firstly, it’s the home race for our very own Belgian driver Stoffel, who will be tackling his favourite circuit as a Formula 1 driver for the very first time,” Boullier said. “Secondly, Spa is the venue at which our founder, Bruce McLaren, won his first-ever grand prix for his team in 1968.

“What’s more, this year we’ll be celebrating another very special milestone: Bruce would have celebrated his 80th birthday on 30th August, so on Sunday we’ll be honouring his incredible legacy with a fitting tribute.

“We’ve certainly endured our fair share of ups and downs in the first half of the year, but we still have our sights fixed firmly on our goals for the end of the season and there are nine more races to demonstrate the fruits of the incredibly hard work we’re putting in behind the scenes.

“It’s a long season, and there are plenty more opportunities for us to push hard and score valuable points. Our reward will be continued progress.”

source: crash.net

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