9 June 2015
F1 Canadian Grand Prix: Boullier claims 'there’ll be no sh*t-fighting here'
McLaren and Honda won't fall into the same public blame game as one of its big rivals, according to the team's racing director, Eric Boullier.
Eric Boullier insists that there will be no public recriminations between McLaren and Honda as the rekindled partnership attempts to get competitive with its F1 rivals.
Sunday's Canadian Grand Prix marked a new low in McLaren's 2015 season, with both Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso retiring from the race with unrelated engine problems having the new Honda V6 proved to be both slower and more thirsty than its rivals. Both drivers had also run into problems earlier in the weekend, with Button being denied the chance to qualifying and then having to take penalties for reaching the limit on power unit parts changes.
While the McLaren PR machine saw both drivers insist that Montreal had been a temporary bump in an upward path that had shown progress at each of the previous six rounds, it was clear that there is much work still to be done before the team can think about challenging for points, let alone the podiums it suggested my be possible by season's end.
Boullier, however, insisted that the problems would continue to be tackled in-house, with no mud-slinging of the type exhibited by another fallen giant.
“We don't want to end up like Red Bull and Renault, sh*t-fighting in the media,” the Frenchman pointed out, “There is no sense [in that]. There is a proper reason why we moved to Honda – and we are happy with the move, even if it is frustrating now.
“It is easy to blame the partner, but we have to be supportive. It's not in our hand directly, but we are ready to offer support to them to help accelerate this recovery time. Yes, it is painful, and maybe embarrassing, but it is F1, the technology is huge – it is very complex for anyone who wants to enter F1 today to do well straightaway.
“To be fair to Honda, they only decided to join F1 a couple of years ago, and this is F1 – it is not easy to win. I guess we need a long time to plan, but it is a high mountain and we need to know that we are properly equipped to do it.
“We still have concerns over the reliability of the power units, so there is a lot of work to be done, first on making the parts reliable. Then, obviously, we can focus on bringing more performance as we are too far behind. On both sides, chassis and engine, we have a plan now at least until the summer break. We will see how it works.”
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