McLaren still has 3rd best chassis on grid…regardless

Even though McLaren didn’t square up on the front row or second row…or third row, the team still feel they have the third-best chassis on the grid.

Team manager Eric Boullier said they had the third-best chassis earlier this week and was suggesting that they would do well at Monaco but they didn’t manage to get the tires to work for them. When asked he if still felt the same about their chassis, he said:

“It’s a good question.

“If you look at the public data, the GPS traces, yes we are.

“This weekend we are struggling to switch the tyres on and that has cost us a lot, in the driver’s confidence or ability to drive the car to the limit.

“So we can’t exploit the car. But in some of the tracks, yes definitely”

Well that’s bullish optimism and even so, Fernando Alonso thought they may be a little too optimistic in their assessment. Ultimately saying it is one thing, proving it is another and so far, GPS or otherwise, the team haven’t quite produced a convincing performance.


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Paul KieferJr

As the saying goes, “Don’t brag unless you can back it up.” I don’t think Eric’s learned that lesson yet.


Boullier just talks and talks, but no action or results


From watching the qualifying, it certainly didn’t look like the 3rd best chassis to me. Tons of massive understeer, for both drivers – I was surprised Alonso managed to get it into the top 10. On a track when raw power is far less important, I thought it was quite telling that FI managed to qualify ahead of them, with Hulk getting past a Ferrari for good measure. Even the Toro Rossos with their antiquated engines managed to get in front of the Mclarens – even Kvyat who I think is still adjusting to his car. On the evidence of… Read more »


Well then, the drivers must be pretty lousy. They should get rid of them.


Disappointing. If thats the performance of the third best chassis, it must have the fifth best P.U and two GP2 pay drivers.
The anniversary of McLaren’s 50th year in F1 and they are struggling to face up to just how much trouble they are in. Delusional Dennis and the lads need a big dose of reality.