Boullier: 'Clear' Magnussen stepping up
9 September 2014 – McLaren Racing Director Eric Boullier does not believe Kevin Magnussen should change his approach despite consecutive time penalties at the Belgian and Italian Grands Prix.
Magnussen vowed to try to learn from them after Sunday's race at Monza, but Boullier believes while he deserved to be punished for what happened at Spa, when he was battling with Fernando Alonso and forced the Spaniard off track, the situation last weekend was different.
"The Spa penalty was deserved, but not the Monza one. He was unfortunate to be penalised. We believe it was a normal move and a legitimate defence," Boullier said during a McLaren-Mercedes phone-in.
"I don't think he will have to change his approach. Spa was a one-off, and Monza for us was just unfortunate. I think he needs to keep building up his confidence by what he is doing."
"It is clear that he is stepping up," Boullier added of the 2014 Formula 1 rookie. "He is probably punching above his weight because he doesn't have a car to be fast enough and get better results. But he is trying his best.
"It is good for him, good for the fans and good for the show to see this young kid fighting with the big boys.
"Obviously his self-confidence is growing massively and that is good for his racecraft which is only going to get better."