McLaren’s Eric Boullier: “Monza won’t play to full strengths”

Boullier discusses McLaren's chances at Monza

McLaren-Honda Racing Director Eric Boullier has looked forward to racing at Spa and Monza because of the high speed nature of the circuits and the demand they have on the team and drivers.

“As double-header races go, the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps and Autodromo Nazionale di Monza are a pretty epic combination. Both are dauntingly fast, achingly beautiful motor racing arenas, where the sport’s giants have triumphed, and where some of the greatest stories in Formula 1 have been forged”.

Monza is the not the strongest circuit for McLaren because it focuses on the power unit and with such long straights the Honda power unit could be under pressure.

“After Spa, we head to Monza with the knowledge and understanding that it won’t play to the full strengths of our latest package, but keen to further demonstrate the progress we’ve recently been making. Monza is likely to be another tough test, but we’re confident of the momentum we’ve gathered, and it’ll be interesting to see where we stand at a venue that favours out-and-out power above anything else.”

Boullier still believes that the team are working flat out to achieve the maximum and will continue to push throughout the fly away races.

“Still, there’s a determination and vigour within all at McLaren-Honda to see out the European season competitively, and to continue fighting as we head into the end-of-year flyways.”

McLaren-Honda have overtaken Toro Rosso in the Constructor Championship and currently sit in sixth place and will continue to develop the car in the fourth coming races.