McLaren could 'go radical' after Silverstone
14 May 2014 – Eric Boullier says McLaren could "go radical" after Silverstone if it has not made significant progress.
The Woking-based outfit slipped to sixth in the Constructors' Championship at the Spanish Grand Prix after a lacklustre performance saw drivers Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen cross the line in 11th and 12th.
With Monte-Carlo and Montreal presenting unique challenges, Racing Director Boullier says the Austrian and British rounds will be more representative of progress and could dictate the MP4-29's development path.
"I think the real question about how capable we are of catching up and how fast we can catch up will be from Austria to Silverstone," explained Boullier in a McLaren-Mercedes phone-in on Tuesday. "I'm not saying we're going to win at Silverstone, I'm saying we'll know more about our capability to catch up by these races."
When asked if the team's priorities could be altered after Silverstone, he commented: "I don't think we will shift our focus onto 2015, but it's possible that we will draw a line and we may go with more radical concepts."
Boullier is hopeful that McLaren's 2014 contender will be better suited to Monaco, the calendar's next stop.
"Monaco could be not bad," he said. "Our car is well-balanced in low-speed corners and very driveable."