McLaren racing director Eric Boullier remains confident that the team will make progress as upgrades are introduced over the next few races.
The team ended its streak of failing to score in Monaco after three frustrating weekends.
“The plan has always been the same, as I said many weeks ago,” Boullier told this writer. “It was going to suit us in Monaco and suit us in Montreal, and Austria as well because it’s a medium downforce track. The first part of our upgrade is coming in Austria, the second part at Silverstone, and it should give us a clear step to catch up a little bit. We keep working and we have many more in the pipeline coming. The target is really to be in the top eight all the time.”
Boullier said the team was pleased to be back in the points with Jenson Button’s sixth place in Monaco, although Kevin Magnussen dropped back to 10th after a technical glitch that took him two laps to resolve.
“It was the usual unpredictable Monaco racing. Let’s say we’re reasonably happy, even if it’s not the ambition of McLaren, to be back in the points. We could have finished sixth and seventh, but as usual in racing you need to pass the chequered flag. We lost the electrical power for a couple of laps, which is why cars were able to attack Kevin. It took two laps to recover, unfortunately. At this time cars were passing him, and Kimi did this very brave move!”
Boullier was pleased with Magnussen’s first F1 outing in Monaco: “To be honest Kevin did a very good weekend, except for a little mistake on the restart when he passed Vergne before the safety car line. We obviously let Vergne pass back.”