Alonso proving McLaren progress – Eric Boullier Q&A – Formula 1

Fernando is so enthusiastic to race here – his estate race – that he probably could pull points from his helmet!

Eric Boullier

Q: Having scored points in Russia, if you grab an additional top 10 this weekend can easily we say there is light at the end of the tunnel for McLaren?

Eric Boullier: Yes. Of course! Along with the package that we have actually we already know that we will certainly have the ability to unlock a great deal of performance in the coming weeks and months. It is good to see that we are moving forward likewise in terms of outcomes – in Sochi and likewise Fernando’s performance today. Single digits [in the standings] are constantly positive, whether in the race or practice. Sure the 2 are not just what we make every effort for – there is a lot more in the DNA of McLaren-Honda compared to providing single digit outcomes if that single digit is not 1! However yes, it is good to be there and see that the curve is operating north!

Q: just what is a bigger priority right now, one auto claiming points, or the 2 cars finishing? In others words, is mileage still top of the list?

EB: Right now the crucial thing for me is performance – and outcomes are a parameter for performance so clearly finishing in the points has actually my preference. Or even being fast even if we don’t finish. Last year was an additional story, However now it is 2016. And after all, it is less complicated to make a auto reliable compared to it is to make it faster.  

Q: Exactly how considerably are you still investing in the latest car, provided the adjustments coming in for 2017?

EB: Once I joined McLaren we brought spine the suggestion of concept and philosophy – which allows us to preserve producing this auto now. Every little thing that we do on this auto will certainly be applicable to next year’s car. It is after that merely a transfer of knowledge and technology – so it is valid to say that we are already functioning on next year’s car.

We have actually an additional degree of discussion Along with Honda. Clearly Hasegawa San is learning our needs…

Eric Boullier

Q: will certainly the brand-new regulations enable to just transferring knowledge and technology?

EB: If you do it smart, yes. I wish to ensure we are sticking to the concept and philosophy – that whatever the auto will certainly look love you can easily usage the very same method. Some knowledge that you get from this year is directly applicable – yes, some might be not be, However the learning that we have actually will certainly enable us to produce faster.

Q: Rules regarding engine convergence could be great for your group too. Exactly how considerably development are Honda making in catching-up?

EB: It looks good! We have actually an additional degree of discussion Along with Honda. Clearly Hasegawa San is learning our calls for – which are likewise Honda’s needs. So they are already functioning flat out on the 2017 engine. The chance to accelerate progression is essential for us – and is essential for Honda. So the 2017 adjustments are positive for us, positive for F1 and positive for the show.

Q: And that is losing? In big adjustments there is constantly someone losing…

EB: Ha, we chance everybody else! (laughs)

Q: There was considerably hype regarding Jost Capito joining McLaren-Honda, However he is yet to come aboard. Do you already know Once it will certainly happen?

EB: To be honest I don’ t know. I have actually an suggestion Once he will certainly begin – However it is not fixed yet. Probably a bit later in the year. He will certainly join Once he is ready. 

We have actually two champions and a super talented youngster. Stoffel is a contender for a race seat

Eric Boullier

Q: Renault’s group principal Frederic Vasseur believes that Kevin Magnussen could be just one of 5 drivers potentially competing for the title in 2019 – and he listed Stoffel Vandoorne as another. just what is your approach to Vandoorne’s future Along with the team? Red Bull, after all, have actually merely promoted Max Verstappen…

EB: We have actually the luxury to have actually three good drivers. We have actually two champions and a super talented youngster. It would certainly not be reasonable for me to discuss in the media just what we have actually not started to discuss internally! Once the time is right we will certainly take the decision in order to achieve the very best for McLaren. Stoffel joined the auto in Bahrain for example – which makes him or her a contender for a race seat.

Q: So you are certainly aware of his potential – and just what others consider him?

EB: Of course! And I am quite relaxed as he’s got a contract Along with McLaren! (laughs) So everybody can easily call him or her as hot as they want – I don’t care.

Q: Isn’t life a bit dull constantly having to walk to the end of the grid? just what are the three points that could adjustment that immediately?

EB: Ha, not only the grid – the paddock as well! Along with the mileage that I have actually to do I grab fitter! However in fact I have actually to come to terms Along with my own irritation not to have the ability to fight for wins so far. I already know that our package is good so every one of it takes is to be a bit a lot more patient and not do anything stupid.

Q: Stupid?

EB: You have actually to do the right thing in the right time and place – and in order. Something stupid would certainly be to adjustment Every little thing that has actually been built up until today. We have actually a excellent atmosphere, a excellent commitment and a excellent degree of competence – now we have actually to wait until it blossoms. And it will certainly come. the 2 for McLaren and Honda.

Q: Fernando hopes this weekend, and Monaco in a fortnight, will certainly be a big chance. just what do you say?

EB: I would certainly bet on Monaco! However I agree: Fernando is so enthusiastic to race here – his estate race – that he probably could pull big points from his helmet! (laughs)