Despite leaving Bahrain without points McLaren are adamant they will close the gap on Mercedes with aggressive development back at the factory in Woking.
Hewly instated McLaren racing director Eric Boullier acknowledges, “It is. It’s true the gap is huge now but a one-second gap is catchable. I know a lot of areas where we can work and improve.”
From the outside, after Bahrain, one could conclude that McLaren are worst off of the Mercedes brigade, but from the gantry Boullier thinks differently.
“If you look at the performance from Jenson [Button], we were just about to finish potentially ahead of the Force Indias, so I agree with his analysis we could be the best of the rest after Mercedes,” argued Boullier, despite neither Button or Kevin Magnussen really looking like finishing on the podium at Sakhir.
Boullier mused, “It is very tight for everybody. We are aggressively developing now to make sure we can catch up with them.”
“I don’t know if we will be catching them by European races but definitely we try to close the gap as soon as possible.”
“Last year was a bit of a trauma. Everyone is more than eager to get back to where we should be, but we have to do that not in a rush, not in a chaotic mode. But more in a rational mode,” added the Frenchman who appears to have inherited the role of McLaren spokesperson on just about all matters. (GP247)