Boullier hails 'utterly sensational' Alonso
1 August 2017 – McLaren Racing Director Eric Boullier labelled Fernando Alonso's drive at the Hungarian Grand Prix as "utterly sensational", after the Spaniard claimed sixth place.
Alonso lost out to Toro Rosso's Carlos Sainz Jr. at the start but worked his way past his compatriot through Turn 2 after the pit-stop phase, to move into sixth.
Alonso preserved sixth throughout the remainder of the race to capture McLaren-Honda's best result of the campaign, lifting it to ninth in the standings, above Sauber.
"What can you say about Fernando's drive, except that it was utterly sensational," said Boullier.
"He was absolutely charging out there and, once he'd made his pit-stop and switched to the Soft tyre, he was really able to control his pace until the end.
"His pass around the outside of Carlos was brilliant – he knew he had to make a move stick while on fresh rubber, and he did just that.
"From there, he just drove away, and set a number of quick-laps before finally setting the fastest lap of the race on the penultimate lap.
"He showed just what makes him so special."
Boullier also extended his praise to Stoffel Vandoorne, who collected his first point of the campaign after rounding out the top 10.
"Stoffel drove a very strong race," explained Boullier.
"He didn't get a break at the start, as [Daniel] Ricciardo slowed right in front of him, but he drove strongly all the way to the finish.
"He'll be pleased to have scored a point just ahead of his home race; this is the reward for a lot of dedicated hard work and effort from both him and the team."
McLaren has now scored 11 points this season.