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Boullier: McLaren will be even stronger in Canada

McLaren racing director Eric Boullier expects the team to be “in better shape” in Canada than it was in the Monaco Grand Prix
McLaren racing director Eric Boullier expects the team to be “in better shape” in Canada than it was in the Monaco Grand Prix.

Both cars scored points in Monaco with Jenson Button sixth and Kevin Magnussen tenth, although Magnussen was on for a much higher finish before hitting reliability trouble and colliding with Kimi Raikkonen. The result brought to an end a run of three races without scoring, but Boullier feels Monaco was a track which played to McLaren's strengths a little and expects Montreal to be even more favourable.

"I think the double points finish was mostly due to the track layout which suited our car, but it also rewarded the hard work we are doing here in Woking," Boullier said during a McLaren-Mercedes phone-in.

"We have been bringing upgrades regularly since the beginning of the season, but clearly we had a strong push since Barcelona and you can see that on the car. In Monaco we had a lot of mechanical upgrades on the car; that [will continue] through the next few races.

"Canada should suit our car as well - the track has a lot of high-speed straights, but no real high-speed corners and a lot of chicanes. So we should be in better shape in Canada than we were in Monaco."

Having praised Magnussen's performance in Monaco, Boullier admitted there were areas where he is still learning in terms of helping to develop the car but doesn't feel it is hurting McLaren.

"Kevin is facing the rookie syndrome; they are all coming from single-make series. Where they struggle most is to understand that the cars they have [must be] developed to give you certain results. If you don't have the best car you can't fight for the win.

"But the rest is fine to be honest. He is settling in well, he is very consistent, and his feedback is good enough to drive the engineering team around him to make the car faster, so he is doing very well for a rookie."



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Nick101

May 30, 2014 10:25 AM

theoldgitspeaks:...I believe we will have to wait for Mclaren to have a similar advantage to Mercedes with their Honda engines before we see the silver cars at the front again and I doubt that Button will be driving for them then.
Yes, because McLaren haven't been at the front of the grid with Button anytime in the last few years have they? I don't recall them having a massive engine advantage then.

here4thesun2

May 30, 2014 3:14 AM
Last Edited 57 days ago

theoldgitspeaks: I see no real evidence that Mclaren are improving, Monaco is not a good guide anyway. Button is very good at getting hard earned sixth places but F1 is all about winning and Mclaren are a very long way from achieving that. In any case other teams are making bigger strides Red Bull and to some extent Lotus have improved markedly and Red Bull have better drivers much more likely to use the improvements to best advantage. I simply don't see Mclaren getting any wins or podiums unless there is a race with mass retirements or crashes..
Not to you, but piggybacking. They need to start being honest on where their weaknesses are. If they were, I tend to think the answers would come to them. Right now, they keep them neatly tucked away under the stairs, right beside Spot, from the Munsters, and the Children, from Under the stairs.



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