Boullier targets strong qualifying performance for McLaren in Monaco

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McLaren-Honda approach this weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix in a stronger position following a valuable in-season test in Barcelona last week.

There was renewed hope at the Spanish Grand Prix too after McLaren added two points to their championship standings thanks to Jenson Button finishing in ninth. For Fernando Alonso it was a disappointing race after he retired on Lap 45 due to a software command issue.

Looking ahead to the weekend McLaren Racing Director Eric Boullier is positive the team can cash in on its latest developments and is looking forward to returning to Monte Carlo.

“Monaco certainly deserves its status as a true classic on the Formula 1 calendar, and a jewel in the crown for drivers, fans, sponsors and teams alike, the atmosphere is very special,” said Boullier.

“Monaco is a track where, on paper, it should suit our package more than at other circuits, but one of its unique facets is its unpredictability. The weather conditions often change, accidents are frequent which tend to have bigger-than-usual impacts on a race outcome, and of course overtaking is notoriously – and often, frustratingly – difficult. 

“That said, these elements are what make Monaco so special, and we will approach the weekend with a lot of valuable data gathered from the tests, and maximum effort and determination to keep pushing forward. We must look to qualifying to give us the best opportunity at the start of the race, and aim to finish in the points on both sides of the garage.”