Decent race result for us, says Boullier
7 July 2014 – McLaren Racing Director Eric Boullier has said the team was "satisfied" after scoring 18 points in the British Grand Prix.
Jenson Button led the outfit's challenge at Silverstone, only narrowly missing out on a podium, while rookie Kevin Magnussen finished seventh.
"We're satisfied that we were able to convert a good qualifying performance [P3 and P5] into a decent race result [P4 and P7]," he said.
"In achieving that outcome, our engineers and mechanics here at Silverstone didn't put a foot wrong, and they deserve great credit for getting the absolute maximum out of the package that they have at their disposal at the moment.
"Obviously, we'd like to have scored more points still, especially as Jenson missed achieving his first ever British Grand Prix podium finish by a whisker. Indeed, once Nico [Rosberg] had retired, we decided to target a third-place result for Jenson, but in the end it wasn't quite possible. Nonetheless, he drove a superb race and richly deserved the 12 points he scored.
"Kevin drove very well, too, making a storming start to be third into Turn 1 and ending up a solid seventh at the flag.
"We hadn't expected to be competitive at this circuit, whose many fast corners we felt wouldn't suit MP4-29's aerodynamic envelope, so we're pleased to have scored 18 points here."
Boullier also reiterated that he thinks the team is making steps forward and becoming more competitive.
"It's clear that we're making progress, even if that progress is necessarily not as rapid as we'd ideally like it to be," he added, "but I'm confident that that progress will continue; we're on-track."