Eric Boullier says he is 'proud' of the progress made by the McLaren-Honda team so far in 2015, even if he admits celebrating an eighth place isn't something he wants to be doing.
McLaren recorded its first points of the season last time out in Monaco with Jenson Button finishing eighth, but Fernando Alonso exited early for the second race in succession are developing technical issues.
Though eighth place isn't a result that Boullier wants to dwell on, he says it is indicative of the gains made by McLaren since the start of the 2015 season.
“Of course, we can't be pleased with eighth position, and we're still a long way behind where we want to be,” he said. “Nonetheless, I'm proud of our progress and the rate of development we're maintaining, and we're continuing this push with every grand prix. Although I don't like to dwell on the past too much, comparing the pre-season tests with our current performance shows just how hard we've worked to fight towards the front.
Despite this, Boullier says he remains concerned by the persistent technical issues suffered by the MP4-30, while – ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix - he is not convinced the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve will necessarily play to the car's strengths either.
“Our more promising performances have been scuppered by frustrating technical issues though, most recently on Fernando's side of the garage, so we're working hard to iron these out so that we can really see the potential of both cars and keep developing. We must target improved reliability and consistency in order to achieve our maximum potential.
“While the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve doesn't play to our car's strengths, Montreal is a great place to put our car to the test; it's a world-class city with world-class fans and we'll be working very hard as usual to put on a good show for our loyal supporters.”