McLaren eager to 'consolidate' in Malaysia
26 March 2014 – McLaren Racing Director Eric Boullier has said the team will be looking to 'consolidate' its position in the Malaysian Grand Prix this weekend, and he has promised the squad will be ‘pushing aggressively on the development front’ in a bid to close the gap to Mercedes.
McLaren duo Kevin Magnussen and Jenson Button provisionally finished 2-3 in Australia two weeks ago and that result was sufficient to put the Woking-based outfit top in the Constructors’ Championship, eight points up on Mercedes.
“The fact that we are leading the Constructors’ Championship is a testament to the underlying strength and hunger of the organisation,” Boullier noted ahead of the second round in the 2014 FIA Formula 1 World Championship. “In Melbourne, we didn’t have the strongest car, but we were able to manage the race superbly: we executed perfect strategies on both cars, Jenson and Kevin each drove faultlessly, and our engineers and mechanics made sure our cars operated with only minimal problems across the whole weekend.”
“The aim for Malaysia [now] will be to consolidate the position we currently have: we need to close the gap to the front, and we’ll be pushing aggressively on the development front to ensure that the upgrades we bring to this race do just that. But speed counts for nothing without reliability, and our focus will be to ensure we stay on top of things to ensure we operate both cars across the weekend without any problems,” he added.
Meanwhile, Boullier noted that the team is pulling out all the stops back at its base in order to improve the MP4-29 as fast as they can: “We’re pushing hard to ensure that the supply chain from factory to track is further refined: ours is a battle of constant development; and while we’ve seen one team emerge at the front, it’ll be the constant, iterative developments that will upset the order,” he predicted.
“We’ve got some productive programmes in the windtunnel, and our aim now is to turn these projects to reality as soon as we possibly can – this is where the championship fight will be won or lost,” Boullier summed-up.