F1 »

Boullier keen for McLaren to build momentum

Eric Boullier wants McLaren to show that it is catching Mercedes as the season progresses even if he doesn't expect to be able to bridge the gap
Eric Boullier wants McLaren to show that it is catching Mercedes as the season progresses even if he doesn't expect to be able to bridge the gap.

McLaren will switch from Mercedes to Honda power units in 2015, but so far this year has been unable to challenge the Mercedes team despite sharing the same engine. Boullier said there would be no switch of focus as much of 2014 is relevant to the next car but he wants McLaren to start closing the gap between now and the end of the season in order to have a better chance next year.

“We are still working on this car and we will still be working on this car for a while because there is a lot you can carry over to next year,” Boullier said. “It's true that this is obviously not the best season so far. I think it's going to be very hard to catch up at the front but what we want to try at least is to make sure that we are on the path to catching up.

“So we will do our best obviously to keep working and developing this car as long as we can ... I think it's mainly downforce we are lacking.”

And Kevin Magnussen said he has been encouraged by the way the car is improving, even if relative performance has not changed significantly.

“It's slowly getting better all the time and that's why I'm really positive about it,” Magnussen said. “It's progress every time. It's not going to happen over one weekend and any progress is positive. I think [in Austria] the car is a bit better and if we can keep that up then that's good.”


Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
22.06.2014- Eric Boullier (FRA) McLaren Racing Director. and Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-29
John Watson driving the McLaren MP4B at the 1982 Caesars Palace Grand Prix, Las Vegas
2014 FIA European F3 champion Esteban Ocon is to test with Lotus F1
12.10.2014- Race, Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-29
12.10.2014- Race, the start
12.10.2014- Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Infiniti Red Bull Racing RB10
12.10.2014- Vitaly Mutko (RUS) Minister of Sport of the Russian Federation
12.10.2014- Race, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14T
12.10.2014- Race, Kevin Magnussen (DEN) McLaren Mercedes MP4-29
12.10.2014- Race, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05 in the press conference after the race
12.10.2014- Race, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05 celebrates Manufactor title of Mercedes with the team
12.10.2014- Race, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E22
12.10.2014- Race, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F14T
12.10.2014-  Sebastian Vettel (GER) Infiniti Red Bull Racing RB10 with a fan
12.10.2014- Fabiana Flosi (BRA)
12.10.2014- Race, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
12.10.2014- Max Chilton (GBR), Marussia F1 Team MR03 and all the Marussia F1 Team show a panel for Jules Bianchi (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR03
12.10.2014- Race, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


theoldgitspeaks

June 24, 2014 4:37 PM

There is clearly a big damage limitation excercise going on in the Mclaren camp with RD, Boullier and Button and Magnussen saying how pleased they are with their progress. I maybe in a small minority but I don't see any real signs of improvement, 7th and 11th in Canada is about where they have been since their promising start to the season, as things stand Williams will soon push them down to 7th in the standings. My guess is that that is where they will end up they simply don't have the right people to make the sort of difference that is required. Considering they have the best power package their performance is simply third rate.



© 1999 - 2014 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.