McLaren confident over victory chances
23 April 2014 – McLaren Racing Director Eric Boullier is confident that McLaren will be able to win races this season.
Although the team enjoyed a strong start in Australia, where drivers Kevin Magnussen and Jenson Button officially finished second and third, it has struggled for raw pace at the other opening flyaway races.
Both men failed to score in China, with Boullier citing a lack of downforce as the MP4-29's main weakness.
"We have to believe we'll win a race," Boullier, who joined the team in late January, explained during a McLaren phone-in. "If you look at the details, it looks like we're stepping back since the beginning of the season. It's true that Australia was a bit optimistic but we also prepared ourselves to pick up points and podiums from the others.
"I've made clear that a lack of downforce is hurting us, when you have very hot conditions or very cool like we had in China and there is a technical reason for that. [But] I think what's going on here in Woking is very positive and I think we'll be able to keep pushing and bring a very aggressive and strong development for the season.
"I think we'll put ourselves in a position, maybe not in the first part of the season, but later, to fight for a win."
McLaren currently sits fifth in the Constructors' standings, nine points adrift of fourth-placed Ferrari.