Connect with us

British GP

McLaren’s Arai, Boullier asked if it’s time to go

Published

on

McLaren's Arai, Boullier asked if it's time to go
As McLaren-Honda’s 2015 season goes from worse to woeful, questions about the men in charge are now being asked.

Although the new Anglo-Japanese ‘marriage’ has been all smiles amid the turmoil so far, McLaren is now heaping the pressure on its struggling partner.

“For Honda, if it’s a five year project, and if they win in year three or four, it’s a successful project,” said team boss Eric Boullier.

“For McLaren, we cannot afford to wait three or four years.”

For the Woking team, the rot is now setting in. In the last few races, progress has appeared backwards rather than forwards, which will cost McLaren millions if it stays just ninth in the constructors’ championship.

Not only that, the MP4-30 is still multiple seconds off the pace.

“Clearly,” Jenson Button told Spain’s El Pais newspaper, “if you’re two seconds off when the season finishes, we will not win in 2016 either.”

So maybe a change at the top at Honda is the answer?

Asked if should keep his job, F1 chief Yasuhisa Arai said at Silverstone: “What can I say? I personally want to keep leading our programme, and I can assure you that for Honda this is a long-term project.”

McLaren’s Boullier, however, acknowledged that “damage” is being done.

“As for damage,” he answered to a question on Saturday, “everything is clear. The brand is created by success, and our ability to achieve success consistently.

“In commercial terms the situation is very painful, as there are many people and companies in cooperation with us, and many are asking questions about the reason for the lack of results.

“I do not think we can keep waiting a long time” to give them answers, Boullier added.

And a long-term stint at the back of the grid traditionally causes teams to cut costs, including by shedding staff.

Asked if he is already thinking about that, Boullier insisted: “No, because we believe we will succeed before we even have to think about it.”

But to facilitate that, perhaps it is also Frenchman Boullier’s job that should be on the line too?

Asked if he has thought about it, he told Spain’s AS newspaper: “Why?

“Look, I started a year ago with the intention of directing this project and that’s what I’m doing. For now it is what it is and we have to improve,” Boullier insisted.

“I think it’s too early to think about that. Give me time and then we’ll see.”

And Fernando Alonso, the highly paid star driver, has acknowledged that the pain is set to continue for some time in 2015.

“We cannot get frustrated every weekend,” he was quoted on Saturday in Spanish media reports, in the midst of another dire race weekend.

“We now have ten more (race) weekends of testing, so whoever is bored, turn off the TV until next year, or at least until Japan or later because it is going to get worse than this,” Alonso warned at Silverstone. (GMM)

Comments

Latest Results




Latest F1 News

2018 F111 hours ago

Practice 3 Results: US Grand Prix

2018 US Grand Prix Practice 3 Results (FP3): Third free practice results and timings (FP3) for the eighteenth round of...

2018 F112 hours ago

Fernando Alonso slams wet tyre rules

Double-time F1 world champion, Fernando Alonso has hit out at F1’s wet tyre rules. So often in modern formula one,...

2018 F112 hours ago

Schumacher should not skip F2 – Hulkenberg

Nico Hulkenberg thinks Mick Schumacher should do a season of Formula 2 next year. Some believe the 19-year-old son of...

2018 F119 hours ago

Vandoorne arrived late after Formula E test

Stoffel Vandoorne arrived late to the paddock ahead of the US grand prix. The Belgian has been ousted by McLaren,...

2018 F119 hours ago

No ‘splits’ at Ferrari – Arrivabene

Maurizio Arrivabene has played down rumours that Ferrari is splitting apart. With the Maranello team’s 2018 title hopes in tatters,...

2018 F119 hours ago

Honda progress ‘scary for Renault’ – Sainz

Carlos Sainz says it is “scary for Renault” how much progress Honda has made in recent races. Previously, with Ferrari...

2018 F11 day ago

Practice 2 Results: US Grand Prix

2018 US Grand Prix Practice 1 Results (FP1): First free practice results and timings (FP1) for the eighteenth round of...

2018 F12 days ago

Practice 1 Results: US Grand Prix

2018 US Grand Prix Practice 1 Results (FP1): First free practice results and timings (FP1) for the eighteenth round of...

2018 F12 days ago

Ferrari still has work to do anyway – Vettel

Maurizio Arrivabene looks set to have his contract renewed at Ferrari beyond this year. There had been speculation that, amid...

2018 F12 days ago

Leclerc ‘does well’ at Ferrari – Raikkonen

Kimi Raikkonen has wished Ferrari’s new generation of drivers well. The Finn has lost his place at Ferrari for next...




Most Popular

ThisisF1.com is not affiliated with Formula 1, Formula One Management, Formula One Administration, Formula One Licensing BV, Formula One World Championship Ltd or any other organization or entity associated with the official Formula One governing organizations or their shareholders. Copyrighted material used under Fair Use/Fair Comment.

References
We could use the following leading F1 news sources for stories: SkyF1, BBC F1, Autosport, ESPN F1, FIA Media Center, MotorSport, JamesAllen and others leading authors blog.

All Rights Reserved © 2017 Prime Sport Media