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Boullier impressed by Red Bull's pace in Australia

  • Published on 02 Apr 2018 16:08
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  • By: Paul Athes

Eric Boullier, McLaren's racing director, admitted in an interview that he is encouraged by the Red Bull's pace at the Australian Grand Prix. Heading to Bahrain, the Frenchman made several comments regarding his team and also about their rivals.

“It’s encouraging Red Bull is matching Mercedes and Ferrari in terms of race pace these guys. You can see as well there is a difference between qualifying pace and race pace. Our race pace is more competitive than our qualifying pace." Boulier noted

“We have plenty of potential and performance to unlock. Fernando knows what is coming, what we have but we can’t use today, but it will be unlocked in the future races. We have already a lot of things coming which we couldn’t have brought here.” he added.

Fernando Alonso shares Boullier's perspectives, although he believes the Woking based team should aim for higher goals: “We saw the potential of the car, we understood we had a good machine in our hands,” Alonso said. “Now is the time for McLaren to come back to the top positions, and to do so you have to compete against the best teams in the world: Red Bull, Ferrari and Mercedes." he added.

McLaren joined Red Bull as a Renault engine customer at the beginning of 2018. The British team is currently to return to the front after a three years difficult partnership with Honda. The Woking based outfit has set the objective to match Red Bull's performance by the end of the season.

Fernando Alonso finished fifth in the season opener in Australia. McLaren currently stands in fourth place in the Constructors Championship, with 10 points. The Bahrain Grand Prix will take place this weekend, with the two free practices scheduled to take place Friday afternoon.


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  • Jutlandia

    Posts: 190

    When i see Whining Alonso make a clear overtake on a Red Bull, I will belive it.
    Until then, i consider this comment as the normal "Hot air" from McLada!

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    • Apr 2 2018 - 20:33
    • It's called having ambition.

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      • Apr 2 2018 - 20:37
    • xoya

      Posts: 563

      Lada is a damn good car given the amount of money it costs, so it's not a very good comparison, but I see what you did there. :)

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      • Apr 2 2018 - 22:09
    • McLaren had the ambition to become the Mercedes works team (and failed).
      McLaren had the ambition to become the Honda works team and relive success (and failed).
      McLaren had the ambition to design a car according to a "size zero" compact engine concept (and failed).
      Don't mistake me, I'm all for having ambition but at certain points along the road, goals should be above all realistic and achievable.
      I truly wish a better team to Stoffel Vandoorne than he currently has. His talent deserves it.
      So did Alonso's talent, once, but now there's too much Briattore influence in him. Spygate, Crashgate, somehow for all his talent, Alonso hasn't managed to keep his image clean.

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      • Apr 3 2018 - 21:23
    • boudy

      Posts: 1,168

      Yeah Alonso did a great job of holding back an impaired Redbull. Unfortunately in normal circumstances he would have been overtaken within the first couple of corners. Normal service will resume this weekend. Top 4 are Mercedes Ferrari Redbull Haas followed by McLaren Fi Renault followed by Williams Sauber Toro Rosso.

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      • Apr 4 2018 - 21:28

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