Ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix, Eric Boullier says McLaren-Honda will keep striving forward in its attempts to score its first points of the 2015 F1 season after failing to fulfil its expectations in Barcelona.

Having hoped to get into the top ten in Spain, Fernando Alonso failed to finish the race after a brake failure, while Jenson Button candidly described the MP4-30 as 'scary to drive' as he languished well outside the points.

Despite this, Boullier has higher hopes for Monaco, where the lower speed characteristics are expected to play more favourably to the still-developing MP4-30.

"After the disappointment of Barcelona, the whole team is looking forward to Monaco, to put the last race behind us and keep working on improving our package," he said. "Barcelona is a gruelling track for a Formula 1 car, so our relative performance was encouraging until we discovered the problem with Fernando's brake overheating. We were certainly unlucky, but we're still able to take with us some positives and focus our attention on our next challenge - Monaco. It's a tough, demanding street circuit that requires teams to take a totally different approach, but that's what makes it even more special.

However, it is qualifying where Boullier is focusing much of McLaren's attention, where the scant overtaking opportunities make Saturday afternoon more important than at any other race.

"The nature of Monaco's narrow streets means there's less focus on outright power and more on driveability and balance. On this circuit there are even more factors at play than elsewhere - traffic, Safety Cars, unusual strategies - so our first target is to maximise our performance on Saturday. Qualifying positions can often dictate the outcome of a race there as overtaking is so difficult, so it's important we focus our efforts there first and foremost.



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