McLaren racing director Eric Boullier feels good about the team's first race of 2014. (Photo: Getty Images)

racing director feels good about the team’s first race of 2014. (Photo: Getty Images)

McLaren racing director Eric Boullier says that the team did everything right on its way to earning what became second- and third-place finishes in Australia.

“I think all the credit is going to the people as well in Woking,” he said when asked by FOXSports.com. “Because after a difficult last year, they learned from their mistakes, and they kept their head cool, and obviously this weekend it ran smoothly. Everybody learned and gathered the data we needed and worked very hard to go to the end of the race with the best performance. We did a good strategy. The calls from the pit wall were good, and obviously the drivers did an awesome job.

Regarding rookie ’s performance, he said: “It was brilliant, to be honest, from a young kid like him. He handled the pressure brilliantly.”

Boullier admits, however, that Mercedes is a long way clear of the rest.

“Yes, there is a huge gap, but we knew this already from Bahrain (testing),” he said. “We just have to work to get close to them now.”