Boullier confident of McLaren improvements
18 August 2014 – McLaren Racing Director Eric Boullier says his squad will show an improvement in form across the second half of the Formula 1 campaign - although the team's progress may not be seen until next month's Singapore Grand Prix.
McLaren began 2014 with a double podium finish in Australia but the team has endured a more difficult time since then as they sit in sixth place in the Constructors' championship, a point behind rivals Force India.
Boullier nonetheless believes that McLaren has reasons to be optimistic as they prepare for their final races with Mercedes before the return of Honda in 2015.
"The first half of the season has shown signs of both promise and disappointment, but, through it all, Jenson [Button] and Kevin [Magnussen] have each driven some particularly inspired races, made very few mistakes and always extracted the maximum from the package," he said.
"Equally, the team has worked hard at both the factory and the racetrack to improve performance – and we're now starting to see those returns.
Boullier reckons that the nature of this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix, as well as the upcoming event in Italy, means that McLaren will have a clearer idea of their progress with the MP4-29 in Singapore at the end of September.
"Spa and Monza are tracks where every team runs a unique downforce package, so it won't be until Singapore – where we resume with a more conventional set-up – that we'll get a clearer read on our progress, but I think we have reasons to be optimistic," he said.
"The operational changes we've implemented over the course of the season have taken time to bed-in, but I think we'll certainly see a more pronounced upswing in performance over these final eight races of the year."