McLaren aims for double points finish

By on Tuesday, May 24, 2016
McLaren Honda

McLaren Honda

McLaren Racing Director Eric Boullier reckons the squad must target finishing in the points with both cars at this weekend's Monaco Grand Prix, with the circuit layout likely to play to the strengths of the MP4-31.

Following a trouble reunion campaign with Honda in 2015, McLaren has made a step forwards this year and has scored points in three of the last four races.

With the layout of the Monte Carlo street circuit limiting the influence of the power unit, Boullier is optimistic that McLaren can enjoy a strong showing.

"For the cars, outright power certainly plays less of a role there, which means car set-up is a delicate trade-off between downforce, driveability and balance," he said.

"Monaco is a track where, on paper, it should suit our package more than at other circuits.

"The key objectives for us are reliability – especially given Fernando [Alonso's] retirement in Barcelona – and qualifying performance, as this can often dictate where points are scored or missed.

"We must look to qualifying to give us the best opportunity at the start of the race, and aim to finish in the points on both sides of the garage."

McLaren scored points in Monaco last year courtesy of Jenson Button, who classified in eighth position.

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