Eric Boullier says McLaren-Honda has successfully kept its aggressive build and development programmes on schedule over the winter.
McLaren-Honda unveiled the new MP4-31
on Sunday, on the eve of the first pre-season test at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya, with Boullier, the squad's sporting director, underlining just how motivated and determined the squad is after a disastrous 2015.
“First of all, we must recognise the very hard work performed over the past few months by everyone in Woking, Sakura and Milton Keynes,” Boullier said following the online launch.
“The guys have shown intense dedication throughout the winter period, and the result is that they've successfully kept our aggressive build and development programmes on schedule. As such, all our team members are a credit to McLaren-Honda, and consequently we're incredibly grateful to everyone involved in the development of the MP4-31.
“But we're never satisfied, which is why we've continued to strengthen our engineering team in recent weeks and months, and we're confident that the changes we've made will improve and accelerate our car-development progress in the future.”
Boullier also added that the priority during the first test this coming week will be mileage and reliability, ensuring “we can walk before we can run”.
“The two Barcelona tests will merely herald the continuation of the huge collaborative task that all departments have been engaged in during the off-season,” he continued.
“We'll be aiming to spend the four days of the first test carefully and methodically: extracting the maximum from the time available, and concentrating our efforts on proving out our central systems, operational procedures and electronics checks.
“We'll need to verify our work in the garage before we can expect any miracles on track – essentially, to ensure we walk before we can run. After all, testing is just that: testing.
“But be assured, we're motivated and determined, and we're pulling together,” he concluded.