McLaren is unlikely to take a “big step” forward at the upcoming Spanish Grand Prix, according to Eric Boullier.
Driver Fernando Alonso said after the Bahrain race that McLaren had to take another step forward at the first European race open the season, adding that "we have to be optimistic and think we on the verge of scoring and hopefully it will be in the next race."
However, McLaren’s racing director Boullier has now warned that, despite expected car and engine upgrades, a big step forward for Barcelona is unlikely, and that the McLaren-Honda’s development will be more gradual.
"Any step would be good," he said.
"We cannot expect to take a big step. Those days are gone.
"It's more a case of gradual improvements in this modern Formula 1."
Hakkinen questions Alonso’s motivation
Meanwhile, double world champion and former McLaren driver Mika Hakkinen has question whether or not Alonso will have the motivation to stick with the Woking team during a time where results may be hard to come by.
"Is Fernando ready to work next two, three, maybe four years in a situation when you are not close to winning?" he told the Daily Express.
"It can be a really boring process because it's not only 15, 16 races in the season, it's a long year, travelling around the world.
"It’s really, really tough, so can he motivate himself all the time?"