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Posted on Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Boullier confident McLaren can fight for wins

McLaren racing director Eric Boullier says his team has to believe that they can stand on top of the podium once again in 2014. McLaren left the first round of the season in the lead of the constructors' championship but failed to score points in Bahrain or in China, with both Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen finishing outside of the top 10 last weekend. McLaren has not won a race since the end of the 2012 season. "We have to believe we will win a […]

Posted on Saturday, April 19, 2014

Button: Front tyres just shuddering

Jenson Button lamented McLaren's pace after he was eliminated during the second segment of qualifying for the Chinese Grand Prix. Button set the 12th fastest time in the wet at the Shanghai International Circuit and bemoaned a lack of grip with his MP4-29. "It’s been a strange year in terms of the car in the wet, usually we’re good but we’re struggling for grip," he told Sky Sports. "[I] can’t get the front [tyres] working in low speed corners, [they're] just shuddering so we can’t […]

Posted on Friday, April 18, 2014

Button pleased, Magnussen at a loss

There were mixed emotions at McLaren following practice for the Chinese Grand Prix at Shanghai. Jenson Button was sixth quickest in the second session and believes the team has made improvements to the MP4-29. "In terms of driveability, I think we’ve improved the car in a number of areas since Bahrain," he said. "There are a few more things we can do overnight, and there are some positive steps we can take to move a little closer to the front. After all, two weeks ago, […]

Posted on Monday, April 14, 2014

Button says McLaren has a point to prove

Jenson Button says that McLaren has a point to prove at this weekend's Chinese Grand Prix following a disappointing result in Bahrain. Button was running in fifth place after the safety car period but slipped back before being forced to retire due to a clutch issue. Button does not believe that the characteristics of the Shanghai International Circuit will necessarily play to the strengths of the MP4-29 but the Brit is buoyed by McLaren's past performances at the circuit. "I think we head to China […]

Posted on Thursday, April 3, 2014

Vandoorne to participate in Bahrain test

McLaren protege Stoffel Vandoorne will participate in his first Formula 1 test in Bahrain next week. Vandoorne will drive the MP4-29 during the post-race test which takes place at the track following the Bahrain Grand Prix this weekend. 22-year-old Vandoorne will act as McLaren's reserve driver for most of this season and he will also race for ART in GP2 in 2014. Vandoorne was runner-up to Kevin Magnussen in last year's Formula Renault 3.5 Series. McLaren racing director Eric Boullier says that Vandoorne has 'natural […]

Posted on Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Magnussen sure of McLaren improvement

Kevin Magnussen believes that McLaren should be more competitive in Bahrain this weekend than they were in Malaysia, although concedes that they are unlikely to replicate the form they showed in Australia. Magnussen and team-mate Jenson Button notched up a double podium finish for McLaren in Australia, while in Malaysia Button finished in sixth, with Magnussen back in ninth after making contact with Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen. But Magnussen reckons McLaren's performance will be somewhere between what they have demonstrated in the two races so far. […]

Posted on Sunday, March 30, 2014

Magnussen frustrated after contact with Raikkonen

Kevin Magnussen says he is frustrated with himself after colliding with Kimi Raikkonen during the Malaysian Grand Prix. Magnussen clipped the back of Raikkonen's Ferrari early on in the race, puncturing Raikkonen's tyre and leading to front wing damage on the Dane's McLaren. Magnussen recovered to ninth place following a stop and go penalty for the contact while he was also slapped with two penalty points on his license. "I’m sorry for the team that I messed things up going into the second corner, with […]

Posted on Saturday, March 29, 2014

No regrets over tyre decision - Button

Jenson Button says he has no regrets over his tyre choice for the final segment of qualifying at the Malaysian Grand Prix. Button opted to complete Q3 on Intermediate tyres, while his rivals posted faster lap times on the full wet tyres. Button ended the session slowest of the runners and will start from 10th on the grid. "The decision to run on Intermediates in Q3 was my choice," he said. "I usually make those kinds of calls – and tend to get them right […]

Posted on Saturday, March 29, 2014

Magnussen admits floor damage affected performance

Kevin Magnussen says an off during Q2 affected his performance during the top 10 shootout at the Malaysian Grand Prix. Magnussen slid wide at the final corner and bounced through the gravel before recovering to the pit lane. He made it through to Q3 and set the eighth fastest time. "The car isn’t too bad in these rainy conditions, but I think we just got the timings a bit wrong," he said. "I’m still learning about Intermediates and Full Wets, so it was hard to […]

Posted on Thursday, March 27, 2014

Magnussen: I still feel like I was third

Kevin Magnussen has revealed that he has not taken any joy in Daniel Ricciardo's exclusion from the Australian Grand Prix. Magnussen finished his debut race in third place but was promoted to second place following Ricciardo's disqualification for exceeding the fuel flow limit rate in his RB10. But the Dane, who admits he never expected to finish on the podium, says he is not happy unless he wins. "It has obviously been quite a crazy few months with everything that's been going on since getting […]

Posted on Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Button urges development after McLaren 'turn corner'

Jenson Button has urged his McLaren team to keep up the rate of development with the MP4-29 after admitting that they 'turned a corner' in Australia. McLaren failed to score a podium throughout 2013 but both Kevin Magnussen and Button claimed a top three result in Australia to give the team an early lead in the constructors' championship. "Australia was a really motivational race for the entire team – even though we still have work to do, it feels like we’ve turned a corner, and […]

Posted on Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Boullier targets McLaren catch-up by Spain

McLaren racing director Eric Boullier says his team is pushing 'aggressively' on the development of the MP4-29 and aims to be on the pace by the Spanish Grand Prix in May. McLaren left the season-opening Australian Grand Prix in the lead of the constructors' championship after Kevin Magnussen and Jenson Button finished in second and third place respectively. But Boullier estimates that rivals Mercedes and Williams have a significant advantage of the rest of the field, one which McLaren intends to close down by the […]