Thursday, 30 April 2015

Driver line-up has made a big difference at McLaren

(McLaren Honda)

McLaren Honda Racing Director Eric Boullier has stated that the team’s race winning credentials will help the outfit to move up the grid.

The Woking based outfit moved from Mercedes power to Honda over the winter and since the start of the season the team have struggled however in Bahrain last time out, Fernando Alonso finished the race just outside the points in eleventh place.

Despite the improvement on one side of the garage, Jenson Button could only manage to complete 17 laps over the entire race weekend.

The outfit will have an upgrade package for the MP4-30 for next weekend’s European season opener, the Spanish Grand Prix at the Barcelona Circuit Du Catalunya which includes a power unit upgrade from Honda.

Boullier who joined the McLaren team as Racing Director in 2014 believes that the culture within the team has changed and this has mainly been down to the drivers they have with former world champion’s Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso at the outfit. 

The Frenchman has also stated the culture and philosophy within the entire organisation has changed with the arrival of Honda.

The team have gone from telling employees what needs to be done to asking people and sharing ideas. Boullier also confirmed that the team have invested heavily within their manufacturing process at the factory.

The team have also confirmed that they will continue to bring upgrades to the MP4-30 until the final race of the season.

© Ben Johnston 2015

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