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F1 Paddock Pass: Spanish Grand Prix, post-race (VIDEO)

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A thrilling Spanish Grand Prix is in the books to kick off the traditional European portion of the Formula 1 schedule.

Lewis Hamilton took the victory over Sebastian Vettel after a tight fight all race, Daniel Ricciardo finished on the podium for the first time, and the midfield runners from Force India, Renault, Toro Rosso, Sauber and Haas all starred at various stages to get championship points.

Check out the post-race edition of the NBC Sports Group original digital series, Paddock Pass, as NBCSN pit reporter and insider Will Buxton goes through the field to recap drivers’ races.

Previous editions of Paddock Pass from the Spanish Grand Prix weekend are below:

In part one, Buxton chats with Ricciardo about his surprising third place finish in Barcelona and also catches up with Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton, Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez.

In part two, Buxton chats with Carlos Sainz Jr., Daniil Kvyat, Romain Grosjean, Pascal Wehrlein and Fernando Alonso, the latter of whom is now on a plane to Indianapolis for the Indianapolis 500.


McLaren almost back on schedule with 2018 F1 car after delay

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McLaren is almost back on schedule with its 2018 Formula 1 car development after losing two weeks due to a delay in deciding on its engine supplier, according to racing director Eric Boullier.

McLaren confirmed back in September it would be cutting ties with Honda at the end of the year after three difficult seasons, favoring a switch to Renault power units.

The decision was not taken lightly by McLaren, causing it to lose two weeks in the development of next year’s car, but Boullier confirmed in an interview with the official F1 website that the team is almost back on-track.

“Maybe we made the decision to change the engine manufacturer two weeks too late for our schedule, but these two weeks have almost been recovered,” Boullier said.

“Any big decisions are always difficult to take. The concept of McLaren winning with Honda was a dream for everybody, yes – it was a beautiful story.

“Today we have huge respect for them and we definitely don’t divorce with fights and screams and finger pointing. We are all very professional – and in the end it was a business decision, which they understand.

“There is a sadness that it didn’t work out like we wanted. McLaren-Honda in terms of brands was a good fit – in terms of results it didn’t work.

“That’s what it is in the end. Now we have to see that we get back to competitiveness – back to the top!”