McLaren’s Eric Boullier: “This year we do battle with a much improved MP4-31”

Eric Boullier on the pit wall. Credit: McLaren Media Centre

Throughout the legendary history of the McLaren-Honda F1 team, victories at the British Grand Prix have been numerous, and Racing Director Eric Boullier hopes that times like those are on the brink of returning. The 42-year-old would love nothing more than to start the Woking based squads comeback at the iconic circuit of Silverstone.

“Silverstone is a very special race, both for the fans and for the people who work in Formula 1. The circuit has something for everyone: it has history, it has fast corners and it has a unique atmosphere. It’s a privilege to go racing there.

“And of course, the British Grand Prix is the first of McLaren-Honda’s two ‘home’ races, along with Suzuka in Japan. We have many great memories of racing at Silverstone, a place where we’ve scored many notable victories over the years. 

“Jenson’s result in Austria showed that, when everything comes together, we can perform operationally at a high standard; but, equally, the issues that affected Fernando on both Saturday and Sunday show that we still need to raise our game on every front.”

The Frenchman believes the team have made good progress this season and are much improved from where they were this time last year, and driver Jenson Button’s sixth place finish in Austria shows that. Boullier knows however, that sort of result will not be possible at every race, but stated that McLaren will be trying their utmost to bring both cars home in good points scoring positions this weekend.

“It’s important to remember that we were able to punch above our weight in Austria, but, with so many McLaren-Honda fans in the crowd this weekend, we’ll be doing our best to pull another strong result out of the bag.”