McLaren 'expect to be in mix' in Bahrain
2 April 2014 – McLaren boss Eric Boullier has said he expects the Woking team to be ‘in the mix’ again this weekend in Bahrain, although he knows they don’t have the performance yet to challenge Mercedes.
“Although we didn’t enjoy the same level of competitiveness in Malaysia as we had in Australia, we nonetheless took home 10 valuable world championship points. That’s not enough, but it’s better than some of our competitors managed,” Boullier noted ahead of the third round in the 2014 Formula 1 World Championship.
“At the moment, we concede that we don’t quite have the performance to take the fight to the front-runners, but the considerable in-cockpit abilities of Jenson [Button] and Kevin [Magnussen], and the ever-impressive resource, motivation and competitiveness of our race team, mean that we can expect to be in the mix on Sunday,” he confirmed.
Boullier also added that Button and Magnussen will both benefit from ‘a small number of design tweaks’ to the MP4-29.
“Since the Bahrain Grand Prix will be taking place just a week after the Malaysian race, we don’t expect to see a significant change in the competitive order, so our main aim will be to ensure that we have a faultless weekend from a reliability and operational standpoint.
"Despite the short interval between the two races though, we’ll be incorporating a small number of design tweaks, nonetheless,” he added.