McLaren Honda Racing Director Eric Boullier was extremely proud of his drivers, Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button following the pairs double points finish in the United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas.
Fernando Alonso started the race from 12th place and finished the event in fifth just ahead of Carlos Sainz following a fantastic battle on track with between the pair.
While Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen was voted driver of the day for the United States Grand Prix, McLaren Honda’s Jenson Button went from 19th place on the grid to finish the race in ninth place but also made up eight places on the opening lap of the United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas.
There are three races left this season and having said that McLaren are currently out on their own in the race for sixth place on 74 points while Toro Rosso are on 55 points.
Speaking following Sunday’s race, Eric Boullier commented by saying:
It’s always very satisfying when a great grand prix takes place in a country in which it’s important that Formula 1 increases its following, and that’s exactly what happened here in Austin, Texas, today.
“We saw exciting wheel-to-wheel battles up and down the field all afternoon, many of them involving our drivers. Fernando drove a storming race from 12th on the grid to fifth at the flag, forcing his way through the field with a series of brilliant passing manoeuvres; and if he has a rival for the ‘driver of the day’ accolade, it can only be Jenson, who blasted his way from P19 at the start to P9 at the finish.
“I’m proud of both of them, as are all of us at McLaren-Honda.
“It was gratifying to see that, despite our disappointing qualifying form yesterday, today, as we’d hoped and indeed predicted, our race pace was significantly more impressive, allowing our drivers to enjoy themselves enormously. You only had to look at the way our car changed direction to see how good its chassis is becoming. I also want to commend our partners Honda, whose power units ran flawlessly all afternoon.
“So today was a good day, undoubtedly. And I hope it was enjoyed by not only the tens of thousands of race fans who packed the grandstands to the rafters, but also by the tens of millions of race fans who watched the race at home, presumably on the edges of their seats.