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Eric Boullier thrilled with McLaren's US GP performance

  • Published on 26 Oct 2016 10:49
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  • By: Dominik Wilde

McLaren Racing director Eric Boullier has commended his team's performance at the United States Grand Prix.

The British team recorded only their fourth double-points finish of the season with Fernando Alonso in fifth and Jenson Button in ninth, despite both starting in 12th and 19th place respectively.

"We saw exciting wheel-to-wheel battles up and down the field all afternoon, many of them involving our drivers," Boullier said. "Fernando drove a storming race from 12th on the grid to fifth at the flag, forcing his way through the field with a series of brilliant passing manoeuvres; and if he has a rival for the ‘driver of the day’ accolade, it can only be Jenson, who blasted his way from P19 at the start to P9 at the finish."

"I’m proud of both of them. It was gratifying to see that, despite our disappointing qualifying form, yesterday [Sunday], as we’d hoped and indeed predicted, our race pace was significantly more impressive, allowing our drivers to enjoy themselves enormously," he added. "You only had to look at the way our car changed direction to see how good its chassis is becoming. I also want to commend our partners Honda, whose power units ran flawlessly all afternoon."

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