Boullier: We're still not where we need to be
17 June 2014 – McLaren Racing Director Eric Boullier says updates to the MP4-29 at this weekend's Austrian Grand Prix should aid the squad's short and long term recovery after admitting that the team is "still not where we need to be".
McLaren currently sits fifth in the Constructors' Championship having amassed 66 points across the opening seven rounds of the year.
The team endured three events without collecting a single point but both Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen scored in Monaco and Canada, with Button finishing in fourth at the most recent round of the season.
"We're still not where we need to be," Boullier said ahead of Formula 1's return to Austria.
"Since the beginning of the season, we've stated that we need to bring more downforce to the car. Of course, that's a constantly moving target – for this weekend, however, we'll be evaluating a number of short- and long-term performance steps.
"It's still too early to feel confident about calling them raceable options – it's more about evaluating their applicability at the circuit than simply hoping they'll improve lap-time. Nonetheless, we hope the steps will pave the way for an improvement."