Eric Boullier was impressed by Kevin Magnussen's approach to his first Monaco Grand Prix in F1.

Magnussen's rookie year has been largely difficult since he scored a podium on his debut in Australia, with the McLaren slipping off the pace in recent races before a double-points finish in Monaco. Magnussen was running sixth before a reliability issue saw him lose pace and then Kimi Raikkonen collided with him at the hairpin, relegating him to tenth, but Boullier singled him out for praise.

"Both [Jenson Button and Magnussen] did drive well, especially Kevin who is a rookie," Boullier said, adding that he was impressed with how Magnussen had handled his weekend.

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"This is a special track and Canada is a special downforce level, but from Austria we have more upgrades coming so we will keep pushing very hard to keep developing this car as far as we can."

Asked if breaking the run of races during which the team had failed to score, Boullier replied: "At least for that it's good, even if it's not the real ambition we have.

"Sixth and seventh could have been a decent result but as usual racing is unpredictable until you pass the chequered flag. We lost the ERC power unit for electrical power on Kevin's car, so people started to attack him and Kimi did this move, and that was it.

"Anyway, it's good to grab some points. At least it is some good motivation for the morale of the team. After this we will see and now we have to push for the future."