McLaren boss Eric Boullier admits that he knew that the Australian GP would be a tough weekend – and says that conservative engine settings are part of the reason for the team’s poor showing today.
Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen will start the race from the back of the grid after Manor failed to run.
“Obviously not enough mileage at the testing, and we knew there were so many things to do and to check and to value,” said Boullier. “It’s true that we went through a lot of systems, but we had even on the last day of testing some issues, so we couldn’t use or run all the tools to exploit the performance of our car, so we were expecting to get into trouble in Melbourne.
“And obviously we tried to hear to achieve more mileage actually than we maybe have done in testing, so at least to be able to run in every session. And to achieve this we had to do some compromises.”
Boullier said that the team knows what it has to do to recover: “We have identified the issues. Actually we had much less issues this weekend than we had during the testing, which is the good news, we do some progresses. Yes there is a fix in place, and we’re working on our absolute recovery plan, if I may call it like this. We don’t want to give a time, we just want to do our best as early as possible.”