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McLaren reflect on what could have been

Race director Boullier feels the team should have scored a 'useful clutch' of points.
Sunday, July 20, 2014

 

20th July 2014 (F1Plus / Rosie Baillie) - After Kevin Magnussen qualified fourth and Jenson Button ninth McLaren expected more from the German Grand Prix than six points.


Magnussen was involved in a first lap accident and had to pit at the end of the lap which put him at the back of the field. He worked his way back through the grid to finish ninth.


Button qualified 11th and crossed the line eighth after struggling with strategy.


McLaren racing director Eric Boullier said the result was frustrating as they should have scored more points.


“Obviously, we’re extremely disappointed with this result,” Boullier said. “This should have been a day when we scored a useful clutch of world championship points,


“instead, we go home having lost ground to all our key rivals, which is extremely frustrating.


Boullier felt Magnussen was not to blame for the first lap incident with Massa and commended him for his return through the field.


“Kevin was quite blameless in the accident, so it’s even more annoying that it destroyed his chances of finishing in the top four,” he said.

 

“I think Kevin deserves commending for the level-headed drive he posted thereafter; with the promise of a good result lost, and having been relegated to the very back,


“it would have been very easy to lose focus, but Kevin drove with great maturity. Two points is scant reward, but he worked hard for them today.”


Button began dropping back at the end of the race, blaming an early second pit stop.


“I think we got the strategy wrong when we made our second stop. I’m not sure why we stopped so early, but it made it extremely difficult for me to keep the set of tyres alive until the end of the race,” Button said.


“The strategy didn’t work out for us, which was a shame, but we’ll learn some useful lessons from it.”


“We expected more from today.”

 

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