McLaren: Progress will be less obvious in China and Bahrain

Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button.

Eric Boullier says he does not expect to see McLaren make the same sort of jump in performance at the upcoming races in China and Bahrain as it did in Malaysia.

Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button both raced briefly inside the tail end of the points before they were forced to retire from the Malaysian Grand Prix, but Boullier doubts McLaren will be so strong in China, given the nature of the circuit.

“We came away from the Malaysian Grand Prix weekend feeling optimistic about our state of development and the improvements we’d made relative to our closest rivals,” he said.

“However, we don’t take anything for granted, and are fully aware that the next two races probably won’t show quite the same rate of improvement as we witnessed at Sepang.

“That’s a natural consequence of the fact that, first, the performance gains we’re finding aren’t linear in fashion – some will be for performance, some for efficiency, and others for reliability; and, second, because the different tracks subtly colour and shade pace in ways that can be hard to read, particularly from the outside looking in.

“Nonetheless, we’re pushing hard on every front to improve our competitiveness, and our aim is to bring continuous developments to both chassis and power unit to every race, at a rate that enables us to catch and pass the teams ahead of us.”

This article first appeared on Richland F1 – Image courtesy of McLaren

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