Experience vital for struggling McLaren

Date published: September 2 2015

McLaren racing director Eric Boullier admits it is important for the team to have experienced drivers due to their current predicament.

It has been a tough year for Woking squad as their power unit supplier Honda has struggled to come to grips with the engine regulations following their return to the sport.

As a result, Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button have found themselves struggling at the wrong end of the grid, but Boullier feels that having veteran drivers will help the team to move forward.

"Both have the credibility, and that is very important," he told Autosport. "When each of them says something, everybody is listening and everybody is trusting them to the point where they will try to fix it. That's a big change.

"If you have two junior drivers, you will be tempted to teach them what to do rather than listening to what they want.

"When you are in the situation where we are now, it's good that Honda and McLaren listen to drivers.

"They give the guidance from the past on where we need to go."

There have been talk that McLaren could change their line-up in 2016 and Button is reportedly the man who is likely to make way for either Stoffel Vandoorne or Kevin Magnussen, but Boullier is giving nothing away.

"We are happy today with both drivers," he said.

"I can't comment more than this and I don't want to create a wrong or bad or untrue expectation.

"We are happy with the situation today."