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McLaren: We don’t quite have the performance to take the fight to the front-runners

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Magnussen and Raikkonen clash during Malaysian GP 2014 F1McLaren F1 team racing director, Eric Boullier says that they don’t quite have the performance to take the fight to the front-runners and also don’t expecting to see a significant change in the competitive order.

The McLaren rookie Magnussen finished on the podium in his first F1 race in Australia, but the Woking based can’t keep competitive performance during Malaysian GP, he made contact with the right rear tyre of Kimi Raikkonen’s Ferrari during the second lap. Finally he finished ninth place and earned two penalty points on his licence.

“Although we didn’t enjoy the same level of competitiveness in Malaysia as we had in Australia, we nonetheless took home 10 valuable world championship points That’s not enough, but it’s better than some of our competitors managed.

“At the moment, we concede that we don’t quite have the performance to take the fight to the front-runners, but the considerable in-cockpit abilities of Jenson and Kevin, and the ever-impressive resource, motivation and competitiveness of our race team, mean that we can expect to be in the mix on Sunday.

“Since the Bahrain Grand Prix will be taking place just a week after the Malaysian race, we don’t expect to see a significant change in the competitive order, so our main aim will be to ensure that we have a faultless weekend from a reliability and operational standpoint. Despite the short interval between the two races, we’ll be incorporating a small number of design tweaks, nonetheless.

“For our Mumtalakat shareholders, this 10th Bahrain Grand Prix should be a very special event: the prospect of a night-time race in Bahrain is truly tantalising. Although we already race in the dark in both Singapore and Abu Dhabi, the Sakhir track sits in the Bahraini desert and should look wonderfully spectacular when its illuminated asphalt is contrasted against the dark expanses of unlit sand and rock. More important, it should add a further dimension to the scope and spectacle of modern Formula One.”

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