Boullier says McLaren's downward spiral is over

14 August 2014 by Ryan Wood | M

McLaren's recent downward spiral, which has seen them fall well short of championship leaders Mercedes, is now over reckons racing director Eric Boullier.

The team suffered their worst ever season in 2013 after failing to score a podium finish. Things looked up in 2014 though as the team took a double podium at the opening Australian Grand Prix.

Neither Jenson Button nor Kevin Magnussen have been in the top three since, but things are starting to look up according to Boullier who believes the team is on the right path following its recent restructure.

"We have definitely stopped getting 'down' and in the past couple of months we have got back on track," the Frenchman told Autosport.

"It's always difficult to stop a downwards spiral, but it now looks like we have," he added. "We know it is going to take time to get back to the top. We have to be realistic, but at least now it looks like we are coming up.

"I think by the end of the year 95 per cent will be completed and the foundation of McLaren for the next 10 years will be in place."

Boullier admitted the team knew something had gone wrong somewhere which made making changes a lot easier and he is now hopeful that, along with Honda's input next year, they will be on the pace.

"They knew that something was going wrong and most of the people were open-minded and happy to welcome changes," he explained.

"My feeling is they are starting to accept the change and are beginning to get motivated again.

"I expect the team to be much stronger next year and it will be good if we can deliver straight away."



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