McLaren is comfortable with the pressure it has been putting on itself ahead of the start of the new Formula 1 season, according to racing director Eric Boullier.
At the beginning of its new partnership with Renault, McLaren had a number of teething problems during preseason testing but showed some eye-catching one-lap pace courtesy of Fernando Alonso late on the final day in Barcelona.
At the start of testing Boullier himself stated McLaren has no excuses not to deliver this year, and when asked if the pressure that puts on the team is a sign of confidence, he told RACER: “No, it’s arrogance!
“No, I’m joking. You never know, you do your best and then you see. Somebody might be more clever, somebody might be more brave, I don’t know.
“I think we have a good car. We still have to bring it, we still have to make it work, but I think we have a good car so we’ll see. I’m not saying we’re going to be world champions or whatever but we should be good enough to give some headaches.”
With 2018 being the first year of an initial three-year partnership with Renault, Boullier says the faith in its new engine supplier allows McLaren to do more long-term planning but admits it will take time to get the most out of the relationship.
“You don’t have a big distraction anymore, so you just put your energy and your attention into the details that are going to make us faster.
“The longer we are with Renault and building our relationship it’s going to be even better. We know what we are doing in terms of chassis development, but in terms of engine, the better we build our relationship the better it will be for them and for us.”