McLaren planning “aggressive” development of MP4-29
The Woking-based outfit left the season opener in Australia leading the constructors’ championship after a second and third place finish for Kevin Magnussen and Jenson Button.
However, the team has since slipped to fifth in the standings after both drivers retired in Bahrain and finished outside of the points in China. A lack of downforce has been cited as the main issue with the MP4-29.
Despite the current domination of rivals Mercedes, Boullier still believes a race victory is possible and says McLaren is planning to aggressively develop its 2014 car.
“Obviously we have to believe we’ll win a race,” he said during a McLaren Mercedes phone-in. “If you look at the details, it looks like we’re stepping back since the beginning of the season. It’s true that Australia was a bit optimistic but we also prepared ourselves to pick up points and even podiums from the others.
“I’ve made clear that a lack of downforce is hurting us, when you have very hot conditions or very cool like we had in China and there is a technical reason for that.
“I think what’s going on here in Woking is very positive and I think we’ll be able to keep pushing and bring, let’s say, a very aggressive and strong development for the season. I think we’ll put ourselves in a position, maybe not in the first part of the season, but maybe later to fight for a win. I hope so.”
He added that the team will take a big upgrade to the next race in Spain: “Spain will see an interesting upgrade on the car, but everything is planned already from now until Silverstone.
“Every race will see a different upgrade and different package, so we can forecast any upgrade until Silverstone. We have picked up a very good rate of development in the windtunnel up to then. So it’s just up to us to manufacture the parts and get it on track.”
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