Boullier not expecting big step in Spain

McLaren is unlikely to take a “big step” forward at the upcoming Spanish Grand Prix, according to Eric Boullier.

Boullier not expecting big step in Spain
Fernando Alonso, McLaren MP4-30 and Pastor Maldonado, Lotus F1 E23 battle for position
Fernando Alonso, McLaren MP4-30 and Pastor Maldonado, Lotus F1 E23 battle for position
Fernando Alonso, McLaren MP4-30
Fernando Alonso, McLaren MP4-30
Fernando Alonso, McLaren Honda

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?"

shares
comments
Bottas: Upgrades should bring Williams closer to pace

Previous article

Bottas: Upgrades should bring Williams closer to pace

Next article

Hulkenberg says his future may lie in the WEC with Porsche

Hulkenberg says his future may lie in the WEC with Porsche
Load comments
Why the end is nigh for F1’s most dependable design tool Prime

Why the end is nigh for F1’s most dependable design tool

Wind tunnel work forms the bedrock of aerodynamic development in Formula 1. But as Pat Symonds explains, advances in virtual research are signalling the end of these expensive and complicated relics.

Why Mosley’s legacy amounts to far more than tabloid rumour Prime

Why Mosley’s legacy amounts to far more than tabloid rumour

The newspapers, naturally, lingered over Max Mosley’s tainted family history and niche sexual practices. But this is to trivialise the legacy of a big beast of motor racing politics. Stuart Codling weighs the life of a man whose work for safety on both road and track has saved hundreds of thousands of lives, but whose penchant for cruelty remains problematic and polarising.

Formula 1
Jun 12, 2021
Why pragmatic Perez isn't fazed by no-nonsense Red Bull F1 culture Prime

Why pragmatic Perez isn't fazed by no-nonsense Red Bull F1 culture

Sergio Perez has spent most of his career labouring in Formula 1’s midfield, wondering whether he’d ever get another shot at the big time. Red Bull has handed him that chance and, although life at the top is tough, the Baku winner is doing all the right things to get on terms with Max Verstappen, says BEN ANDERSON

Formula 1
Jun 11, 2021
What the data tells us about the F1 2021 title fight Prime

What the data tells us about the F1 2021 title fight

Formula 1 has been tracking car performance using timing loops mounted every 200m around each circuit – to the extent that it was able to anticipate Ferrari’s 'surprise’ pole in Monaco. PAT SYMONDS explains what this means for this season and beyond

Formula 1
Jun 10, 2021
The weighty issue F1 needs to find a balance with Prime

The weighty issue F1 needs to find a balance with

OPINION: After consecutive street races with contrasting highlights, one theme stood out which has become a prevalent issue with modern Formula 1 cars. But is there a way to solve it or, at least, reach a happy middle ground to help all parties?

Formula 1
Jun 10, 2021
The changes behind a 'feel-good' F1 result in Baku Prime

The changes behind a 'feel-good' F1 result in Baku

OPINION: The Azerbaijan Grand Prix had elements that make Formula 1 really exciting – unpredictability and shock results. This resulted in heartbreak for several of the championship’s regular contenders and joy for others who rarely reach the ultimate limelight. And one of those on the Baku podium is riding a wave of form he’s keen to continue

Formula 1
Jun 9, 2021
The human cost to replacing Formula 1's cancelled rounds Prime

The human cost to replacing Formula 1's cancelled rounds

OPINION: With the global pandemic still lingering, Singapore's grand prix has been cancelled for 2021, with more looking likely to follow. Although Formula 1 has TV deals and profits to chase, retaining a 23-race calendar could be most harmful to those who sacrifice the most for the championship.

Formula 1
Jun 8, 2021
Azerbaijan Grand Prix Driver Ratings Prime

Azerbaijan Grand Prix Driver Ratings

An eventful weekend in Baku full of incident and drama lent the race result an unusual feel, as three drivers scored their first podiums of the year. But it wasn't the eventual race winner who scored top marks in our driver ratings

Formula 1
Jun 7, 2021