Boullier: Useful clutch of points squandered
21 July 2014 – Eric Boullier believes McLaren lost out on scoring a "useful clutch of points" in the German Grand Prix.
Jenson Button and team-mate Kevin Magnussen did score for the team, but only took eighth and ninth respectively, much to Boullier's dismay given Williams, Ferrari and Force India – McLaren key rivals in the Constructors' – all took home more.
"We've worked hard to get ourselves into a situation where we can score good points regularly, so it was disappointing," said Boullier, McLaren's Racing Director.
"This should have been a race when we scored a useful clutch of World Championship points; instead, we go home having lost ground to all our key rivals, which is extremely frustrating."
Despite the result, Boullier was pleased with the way his two drivers performed during the race.
"Kevin's Turn 1 incident at the start was very unfortunate; he'd made a great getaway [from P4 on the grid], and was pushing to stay close to Valtteri Bottas. Felipe Massa was on the outside and probably didn't see Kevin, who was on the inside line, and had nowhere to go. Kevin was quite blameless in the accident, so it's even more annoying that it destroyed his chances of finishing in the top four," Boullier continued.
"However, I think Kevin deserves commending for the level-headed drive he posted thereafter; with the promise of a good result lost, and having been relegated to the very back, it would have been very easy to lose focus, but Kevin drove with great maturity.
"Two points is scant reward, but he worked hard for them."
Boullier also said Button had driven well, despite tyre issues at the end and the collision with Lewis Hamilton.
"He showed tremendous fighting spirit even when the odds were somewhat stacked against him," Boullier added.
"His was a very aggressive strategy, which, as the race wore on, we began to appreciate wasn't going to succeed and despite some great defending, Jenson was ultimately powerless to stop other drivers from leapfrogging him as his tyres faded away."
Asked about the Hungarian Grand Prix now, which follows straight on, Boullier replied: "We'll be doing our best to score some good points before the onset of the summer break."