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F1's summer break won’t halt McLaren momentum

Racing director Eric Boullier is confident that work already ongoing will ensure that McLaren can maintain its recent run of form when the F1 season resumes in Belgium.
McLaren racing director Eric Boullier is confident that the forthcoming summer break won't cause the team's recent upturn in form to stall.

While it remains sixth in the constructors' standings, McLaren has been raking in the points of late, with Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen both scoring in five of the last six races. Boullier is confident that, even though the factory at Woking will be shut down for a fortnight between the Hungarian and Belgian grands prix, McLaren will make progress as it brings further upgrades to the MP4-29.

“[The break] is nice for the guys travelling to have a bit of a rest and I don't think it will stop the momentum," Boullier told a McLaren phone-in. "We're just now starting to see the results of working hard for the last four months and beginning to deliver some performance.

"Already in the pipeline, we have some developments which we know will come in for Spa, Monza and Singapore, so I'd say we'll keep the momentum even with two weeks' break.”

However, Boullier doesn't believe there is enough time during the break for McLaren to make large gains compared to its rivals.

“With the two-week shut down, [the break] is really only two weeks [where we can work on the car], not four. We'll try to catch up with Williams and Red Bull, but I don't think the two weeks between Hungary and Spa will be enough.

"We're developing the car and trying as many concepts as we can, so we'll keep on with the development of this car and then see where we are."

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July 23, 2014 3:44 PM
Last Edited 90 days ago

BoullIer in his optimism used the word momentum, in contrast Lauda in his usual expletive Anglish (my intended spelling) referred to McLaren and Ferrari as having s*** cars. But afterwards apologized for it. But we all know whose comments are closest to the truth, don't we?

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