Renault boss Eric Boullier and team happy with the Bruno Senna’s performance in Belgian GP last weekend, Eric says, see all guys in the garage clapped at the end of Q2 and Q3 with a smile on their face, it was the first time that had happened since Malaysia.
But the Brazilian was made minute mistake at the first corner, the way Senna dealt with the stress of the weekend and put he seventh on the grid has left Boullier convinced he did the right thing in shaking up his driver line-up.
“I was more than happy to see all my people in the garage applauding at the end of Q2 and Q3 with a smile on their face,” Boullier told to Autosport. “It was the first time that had happened since Malaysia. It is important to have your people, who work all day and all night, be happy. This is for me very important; this is the way I can get the best out of our guys.”
And he said about Senna’s error at the first corner, where he braked slightly too late and slid into Jaime Alguersuari.
“His obvious weakness was the limited track time since January, so he needs more time to get his confidence back in exploiting the car,” he added. His strength was his quietness and building up his speed, and working very well with the engineers. You could sense he felt at ease with the engineers and the environment, and he just took it step by step.
“It was also hard for him. With the late confirmation it was not the ideal scenario, and obviously the weather conditions at the first of the weekend were tough – especially on a very challenging track. The next races will be challenging for him, especially in Monza with no downforce, which makes the car difficult to drive. But definitely his confidence is back to the maximum – so I am sure he can do it.”
Renault boss said the pressure was not just on Senna, moreover, because the boss himself had to take on the responsibility for the Brazilian delivering in the wake of the controversial dropping of Nick Heidfeld.
“You have to question a lot of people before you take a decision like that,” he said. “You obviously make some people unhappy and it is always challenging for my job – because if I fail…. Once you push the button and choose to go for a different scenario you have to take the responsibility.”
“It is tougher and tougher as obviously people expect more,” he said. “The first year is easy, you step in – here is the car and driver, go ahead. So you go ahead – the machine is already working. In the second year we have started to restructure and influence change, and people are waiting for you to deliver. We are obviously not delivering exactly as we expect, so it is a little bit tougher. But people need to understand that you cannot change enough and make sure you can win in F1 within a year or two.
“I am not chasing excuses. It takes time to rebuild confidence, have a group of people working together and getting the sponsors and the drivers in place to have this positive loop, to make your team win again. It is more challenging.”