Boullier expecting difficulty in Canada

Date published: June 7 2016

McLaren-Honda boss Eric Boullier is expecting a challenging race for duo Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso at the Canadian Grand Prix.

According to the Frenchman, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is a power-hungry track that is not suited for their car.

However, despite their lack of performance, the McLaren boss is confident that the team can build on the momentum after a double-points finish in Monte Carlo.

“On paper, this power-hungry, demanding circuit is not among those that would play to the strengths of our car, but such is our rate of development that we are aiming to continue the momentum we’ve built over the last couple of races, and firmly push for more valuable points,” he explained.

“It won’t be easy, and reliability will be key, first and foremost, but our objective is to put on the best show we can for the incredibly enthusiastic Quebecois fans, and put our package to the test at the historic Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.”

He also added that there is still plenty of room for improvement on their Honda-powered car and is desperate to develop until they are at the top-end of the grid.

“Monaco for us was a bag of mixed fortunes,” the 42-year-old continued.

“A double-points finish was an encouraging boost for the team and a reward in some way for all the hard work going on behind the scenes in Woking, Milton Keynes and Sakura – but it’s no secret that until we are back at the front, we cannot be satisfied.”