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Boullier: McLaren experience shining through

McLaren racing director Eric Boullier says the team's experience has come to the fore in recent races
McLaren racing director Eric Boullier says the team's experience has come to the fore in recent races.

Jenson Button finished fourth in the British Grand Prix with team-mate Kevin Magnussen seventh; a position Magnussen had also secured in Austria a fortnight earlier. However, Silverstone especially was not expected to suit McLaren and Boullier said the results could be attributed to the team knowing how to make the most of its opportunities.

“It says a lot about the strength of our race team that we've recently managed to achieve some respectable results at circuits where we perhaps didn't expect to shine,” Boullier said. “We're aware that those results weren't fully representative of the pace of our car, but were achieved because our race team has the experience and commitment to make things count when it really matters.”

Having praised the team's efforts, Boullier was keen to ensure McLaren is aware that it still needs to work just as hard to get the most out of its car even on circuits which are more favourable to the MP4-29.

“Even if, on paper, the track in Germany suits us better than it seemingly did in Great Britain, we still need to maximise everything to be in a strong points-scoring position on Sunday afternoon. There are no short-term answers: we're still pushing the development of MP4-29, and are hopeful that the lessons we learn during this season will have a positive effect on the development of next year's car.

“In Jenson and Kevin we have two fantastic racers – both of whom have shown this year that they're always pushing. When racecraft comes to the fore, they'll be striving hard for some good results this weekend.”

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July 15, 2014 12:11 PM

Well, I guess Boullier's comments about Button aren't colored by contract negotiations like Ron Denis' recent negative commentary. When Button left Brawn and went to McLaren, I and everyone else thought that McLaren were on the upsurge. Then Martin Whitmarsh had to go and screw the pooch with his "brilliant" ideas about basically remaking the whole chassis in the last year of the formula. When are thee boobs going to give Button a decent car so he can win another W.D.C.? Button certainly has the talent, but the big question is does McLaren still have the talent? Well, Mr. Denis, if you hadn't been a big player in the Ferrarigate scandal, maybe you could still be closely associated enough with the F1 team to give it some positive direction!


July 15, 2014 9:04 AM

It's a pity that Mclaren did'nt use some of their so called expeirience to design a good car in the first place, we then would'nt be having this continuing bleeting about how much they are improving and how they get the best out of a crap car. Despite all this "talking up" of their performances they have of course achieved very little for a long time, a few race wins is all they have to show for it and one drivers championship in 2008 and a constructor's as long ago as 1998 I think, not really the performance of a leading team. It remains to be seen if the second coming of RD has any real effect.

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