McLaren are looking for further improvement at the Canadian Grand Prix this weekend.
The Woking based team, who scored their first points of the season at Monaco, will be hoping that the reliability problems suffered by Fernando Alonso in the past two races, are a thing of the past.
Alonso believes the team are headed in the right direction.
“Jenson’s points in Monaco were a great boost for the whole team and more proof of the progress we are making race by race. On my side of the garage, it’s disappointing to have had two technical issues in a row, but as usual we’re working extremely hard to understand these problems. Reliability is always the most important factor, so before performance we must focus on making sure we start the weekend positively and maximise the practice sessions to get our car properly set up for this track."
Eric Boullier, racing director at McLaren, feels that although Montreal is a much faster circuit, there are some similarities to Monaco.
“From Monaco to Montreal – two very different racetracks but ones that share a lot of similar characteristics. Like Monaco, Montreal is a real racer’s track, but for very different reasons: there’s lots of sweeping corners and it’s a complex technical challenge for our engineers. For McLaren, it’s a very special place – we’ve won 13 grands prix there – and it’s a circuit that always produces fantastic racing."
He wants his team to continue to improve however, but is happy that progress continues to be made.
“Of course, we can’t be pleased with eighth position, and we’re still a long way behind where we want to be. Nonetheless, I’m proud of our progress and the rate of development we’re maintaining, and we’re continuing this push with every grand prix. Although I don’t like to dwell on the past too much, comparing the pre-season tests with our current performance shows just how hard we’ve worked to fight towards the front."
“Our more promising performances have been scuppered by frustrating technical issues though, most recently on Fernando’s side of the garage, so we’re working hard to iron these out so that we can really see the potential of both cars and keep developing. We must target improved reliability and consistency in order to achieve our maximum potential. While the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve doesn’t play to our car’s strengths, Montreal is a great place to put our car to the test; it’s a world-class city with world-class fans and we’ll be working very hard as usual to put on a good show for our loyal supporters.” he added.
Alonso, who is yet to score points this season, is looking forward to a fresh start at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
"It’s great to be going back to North America. Montreal is a great city and the circuit is up there with the most exciting tracks on the calendar. It has so much history and some great battles have happened there between legendary drivers, so it’s always special to get in the car and experience this circuit and all the unpredictable elements that go with it – it’s a really exhilarating place."
"Despite the reliability issues I’ve had in the last two races, the car has felt good, so our priority is to have a trouble-free weekend and get the maximum performance out of our package.”