'Unfortunate' Magnussen has no need to change - Boullier

By on Wednesday, September 10, 2014
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Kevin Magnussen has no need to change his approach to racing despite being penalised in successive races, according to McLaren racing director Eric Boullier.

Magnussen was penalised for not giving Fernando Alonso enough room in Belgium, while he was sanctioned in Italy for forcing Valtteri Bottas off track.

The penalties meant that rather than collecting sixth in Belgium and seventh in Italy, he ended up with just a point after being demoted to 10th at Monza.

But Boullier does not feel that his young charger needs to rein in his style.

"I think he was unfortunate to be penalised," Boullier said during a McLaren phone-in.

"We believe [it] was a normal move and legitimate defence.

"I don’t think he will have to change his approach - Spa was a one-off and Monza, for us, was unfortunate. I think he needs to keep building up his confidence by doing what he’s doing."

Boullier also believes that Magnussen is 'punching above his weight' due to the limitations of the MP4-29.

"It’s clear that he’s stepping up," he said. "He might be punching above his weight because he doesn’t have the car to be fast enough for a better result. But he’s trying his best.

"Obviously his self-confidence is growing massively and that’s good for his racecraft which is only going to get better and better."

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