McLaren racing director Eric Boullier has thanked drivers Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button for digging deep as the team continues to struggle with its new Honda-powered MP4-30 car.
Since rekindling the famed Honda partnership of the late 1980s and early 1990s for 2015, McLaren has scored just four points and encountered a number of technical problems with its car.
Both Button and Alonso were forced to retire from last weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix due to exhaust problems, leaving McLaren ahead of only Manor in the constructors’ championship.
However, Boullier is remaining calm about the team’s fortunes, believing that everything necessary to make improvements is being done.
“We know what we have to do to improve, and we’re doing it,” Boullier said. “It may take us some time, but we’ll get there.
“I want to take this opportunity to thank and praise both Fernando and Jenson, who are continuing to drive brilliantly in very trying circumstances.
“Both of them digging deep and working extremely hard behind the scenes to help us move forward towards reliable competitiveness and eventual success.”
Boullier also paid tribute to McLaren’s staff and fanbase following the race in Montreal, thanking them for their work and support amid the difficult times that the team is facing.
“The staff of both McLaren and Honda, too, are working tirelessly to effect the same result,” he said.
“I want to pay tribute to our fans, whose steadfast support in these difficult times is impressive and edifying in equal measure. Truly, they really do believe in McLaren Honda, and that’s incredibly heartening to see. Thanks, guys, I really mean it.”
McLaren’s struggles appeared to come to a head in Canada as Alonso launched into a tirade over his team radio, saying that he was looking “amateur” when racing well outside of the points and having to back off to save fuel.
However, McLaren was always expected to struggle given the power-dependent nature of the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, suggesting that future races may not be as difficult for the British team.