Eric Boullier says Kevin Magnussen has been "punching above his weight" in some of his recent battles and urged him not to change his approach.

Magnussen was involved in a fight with Fernando Alonso, Jenson Button and Sebastian Vettel in Spa, eventually being penalised for forcing Alonso off-track. A similar penalty followed in Monza during a battle with Valtteri Bottas but Boullier said such races show just how well Magnussen has been performing of late.

"It's clear that he's stepping up," Boullier told a McLaren phone-in. "He's maybe punching above his weight, because obviously he doesn't have the car to be fast enough and chase better results, but he's trying his best.

Related Articles

"I think it's good for him and good for the fans as well, good for the show I think, to see this young kid, and this young Viking, if I may say this, fighting with the big boys. Obviously it means his self-confidence is massively growing and it's good for his race craft, which is only going to [get] better and better."

While Boullier agreed with the first penalty, he said Magnussen was harshly treated in Italy and urged him not to change the way he drives as a result.

"I think the Spa penalty was deserved to be honest, and I believe not the one Monza. He was unfortunate to be penalised, but we believe it was obviously just a normal move and a legitimate defence.

"I don't think he will have to change his approach. I think Spa was a one-off, and Monza for us was unfortunate, let's say. I think he needs to keep building his confidence by doing what he's doing."

Comments

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register to add your comment

but look at checo at monza ... did quite well i think
.. they all grow up