McLaren ‘clawing its way back to front’


The past few months haven't been the easiest for McLaren-Honda, but the team are slowly but surely getting back to where they want to be, according to Eric Boullier.

Instead of fighting for podiums, let alone race victories, the McLaren drivers were battling with the backmarkers at the start of the 2015 campaign as new engine partner Honda struggled to come to grips with the regulations.

It took McLaren until the Monaco GP to score their first points of the season, but they have improved with both Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button finishing in the top 10 in Hungary last weekend.

Racing director Boullier says they are confident of making further progress in the coming months.

"We benefited from a goodly degree of attrition ahead of us, and clearly our team didn't build its illustrious reputation on fifth places and ninth places," he said.

"But, nonetheless, the 12 World Championship points we scored represent a buoying fillip as we pack up and head off on holiday for the midsummer shutdown.

"The first half of the 2015 season has been an extremely challenging one for all at McLaren-Honda.

"But we've supported and sustained one another throughout, and we'll continue to do exactly that as, working as hard as it's humanly possible to do, we gradually claw our way back to the front.

"And, lest we forget, our drivers have been magnificent both on- and off-track.

"It'll take time to get to where we want to be, but we'll get there; that I guarantee."