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Boullier: No issues with Button

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Eric Boullier has drawn a line in the sand under the recent media reaction to comments made by Ron Dennis about Jenson Button, saying they came from the atmosphere of "positive pressure" at McLaren.

When asked at Silverstone about Dennis' statement that he should be consistently beating his team-mate Kevin Magnussen, Button joked the McLaren boss was "practising to be a motivational speaker". Racing director Boullier says the media response to the comments has been frustrating and insists Dennis is simply trying to get the most out of everyone in the team.

"First off all, it is something of a non-story if I may say this," Boullier told a McLaren phone-in with journalists including ESPNF1. "It has been debated, discussed and re-discussed and re-debated emotionally and passionately, whatever you want. What I'm going to say is Ron, traditionally and historically, is always pushing everybody, he is a great competitor; he loves to win and he wants to win.

"In terms of Jenson - and even Kevin - I am very happy with the performance of our drivers this year."

Boullier admits he welcomes the kind of comments made by Dennis if they have the desired effect of making the team move closer towards its goal of winning races again this season.

"You have to push yourself and everybody in the right direction so I was not really surprised. If you watch the original interview it is obviously not this bad, but the context once again has been a little bit transformed. When you want to push everybody, you push everybody.

"Drivers, employees and everyone in the company we have this positive pressure that we will be winning again soon. Those will be my last comments on this one."

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