McLaren and Ferrari have both vowed to improve in the wake of poor showings in last weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix.
While Ferrari claimed 3 points for 9th and 10th places, McLaren saw both their drivers retire with mechanical gremlins and slipped further from the lead of the constructor’s championship.
“In terms of pace, we took a step forward this weekend. Moreover, our degradation was positive and I think we did a very good job understanding our tyres.” said McLaren’s Jenson Button.
“It’s tough for all the team, because they all worked really well and really hard. We were set for fifth place at worst and a podium finish at best, and that would have been a very positive outcome for all of us.”
“We’d been expecting that the colder conditions might help us, but, as things panned out, we were actually a little less strong here than we were in Malaysia, for some reason.” offered team-mate Kevin Magnussen.
“It’s disappointing that we didn’t score points today – two DNFs is never pleasant for any team.”
Ferrari may have finished but did not have the optimism and comfort that Button drew from a relatively competitive car, the two F14T’s finishing well off the pace and unable to fight with the Williams and Force India’s for bigger points.
“Although we did all we could, we can’t be happy with our level of performance and now our sole focus must be on working day and night.” said Fernando Alonso.
“Next week will be very important as we get back on track on Tuesday and Wednesday [in the first in-season test of 2014] to test in preparation for the upcoming races. We have got a very aggressive programme, which we need as our rivals will not just be sitting back and watching.”