McLaren still pushing MP4-29 development
14 July 2014 – Eric Boullier has made clear that McLaren will maintain a high rate of development with its MP4-29 chassis, in the hope of gaining benefits for both the second half of the 2014 campaign and the 2015 season.
The team instantly improved on a torrid 2013 by finishing on the podium at the opening round in Australia, but it has struggled to consistently secure sizeable points hauls, leaving it sixth in the standings after nine races.
But instead of writing the year off, Racing Director Boullier says there are plenty of upgrades on the way.
"There are no short-term answers: we're still pushing the development of MP4-29, and are hopeful that the lessons we learn during this season will have a positive effect on the development of next year's car," he said.
Boullier is hopeful that, on the back of four races in the points, Germany will yield another positive result.
"It says a lot about the strength of our race team that we've recently managed to achieve some respectable results at circuits where we perhaps didn't expect to shine," the Frenchman went on to explain.
"We're aware that those results weren't fully representative of the pace of our car, but were achieved because our race team has the experience and commitment to make things count when it really matters.
"Even if, on paper, the track in Germany suits us better than it seemingly did in Great Britain, we still need to maximise everything to be in a strong points-scoring position on Sunday afternoon."