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McLaren planning ‘exciting changes’ for 2017 F1 car

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McLaren Formula 1 racing director Eric Boullier says that the team is planning “exciting changes” for its 2017 car as part of an ongoing re-adjustment at Woking.

McLaren has made a number of personnel changes in recent months following the departure of CEO and chairman Ron Dennis after 35 years at the helm of the team.

Dennis was replaced by new executive director Zak Brown, while McLaren Racing CEO Jost Capito also left the team after just five months in the role.

McLaren has also made a number of internal changes, re-shuffling its race crew ahead of team manager Dave Redding’s move to Williams later in the year.

“I’m extremely enthused about what we’ve done, and I think we’ll now go into the new season feeling extremely confident that the new appointments we’ve made will properly establish themselves within a very short space of time,” Boullier said of the changes on McLaren’s website.

“What makes me really proud about all of this is that, when we understood that Dave would be leaving us, we were able to recruit entirely from within to replace and regroup.

“That not only tells you a lot about the strength in depth at McLaren, but it also indicates the very high esteem in which we regard our own people.”

Boullier said that the changes will extend through McLaren’s businesses and even to the new F1 car, the MCL32, which besides bearing a new name is also expected to sport a livery that breaks away from the team’s recent schemes.

“There will always be changes, and that’s the way it always should be. As you know, a Formula 1 car itself never stays the same from one race to the next,” Boullier said.

“Across the businesses, in fact, we’re triggering other changes – and we’ve got some exciting changes planned for our new car, the MCL32, but we want those to be kept secret until we show it to the world on February 24th.”

Video highlights from Stage 12 of Dakar Rally, 2 stages remain

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Thursday’s Stage 12 of the 40th Dakar Rally not only closed the overall standings gap in at least two classes (cars and trucks), two other classes (bikes and quads) failed to get going due to weather conditions.

The full video highlights of Stage 12 will air on NBCSN on Friday at 7 pm ET, but here are some of the highlights from Thursday’s action:

CARS

2018 Dakar Rally: Nasser Al-Attiyah wins Stage 12 of cars

BIKES

 Stage 12 cancelled due to weather conditions

 

TRUCKS

Ton van Genugten edged out Martin Kolomy in Stage of, while Federico Villagra and Eduard Nikolaev both faced an uphill battle to finish fourth and third respectively.

QUADS

Even though the Quads were also impacted by weather issues on Thursday, Ignacio Casale, the 2014 Dakar winner, continues to make his case for a second overall victory in the quads.