Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Bouiller frustrated by team critics

(McLaren Honda)

McLaren Racing Director Eric Boullier has slammed critics of the team who feel that they should be instantly successful with their new power unit supplier Honda.

Honda returned to Formula One for the first time since 2008 with McLaren at the start of this season however the Woking based outfit struggled with different technical issues over the course of winter testing while they also had difficulties in the opening Grand Prix of the season.

Last time out in Bahrain, Fernando Alonso came close to scoring the McLaren Honda partnership’s first point of the season as he ended the race in eleventh place however Jenson Button failed to start the race due to technical issues with his MP4-30. The outfit never expected to be competitive straight away and stated before the start of the season that they were just looking for reliability in the opening Grand Prix of the season.

Speaking to Autosport, Boullier stated that nobody in the team is happy with the current situation that the team find themselves in, qualifying at the back of the grid and their race results.

However Boullier has stated that Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button are also not happy with the current situation within the team but that they know what is coming down the line in terms of the development of the MP4-30.

The Frenchman made the comparison of Brawn GP and Mercedes and how when the German manufacturer took over the team it took four years before they won the championship. Boullier has stated that it may not take four years for McLaren and Honda to be successful but he said that it is what it is.

© Ben Johnston 2015

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