Connect with us

2018 F1

Eric Boullier resigns as McLaren race director ahead of British GP

Published

on

  • 80
    Shares

McLaren racing director Eric Boullier has resigned from the British F1 team, the charge ended on Wednesday as he resigned with immediate effect just ahead of the British Grand Prix weekend.

Boullier joined McLaren in 2014 from Lotus F1, appointed by Ron Dennis in a renovation of the team’s structure. But, since then the team has gone through the most unsuccessful period in its 52-year history. McLaren have won eight constructors’ titles and 12 drivers’, the last by Lewis Hamilton in 2008. They have taken 182 victories since Bruce McLaren drove in their first grand prix at Monaco in 1966 but have not won now since Jenson Button took the flag in Brazil in 2012. Worse still during Boullier’s occupation they have only two podiums, both at Australia in the first meeting of 2014.

Boullier admits that his time with the team was up. “I am very proud to have worked with such a brilliant team over the past four years,” he said. “But I recognise now is the right time for me to step down.”

The chief operating officer Simon Roberts has been made head of production, engineering and logistics and the new performance director Andrea Stella, who joined the team with Alonso from Ferrari, is now answerable for trackside operations.

The teams CEO Zak Brown said the reforms were unavoidable. “The causes are systemic and structural, which require major change from within,” he said. “With today’s announcement, we start to address those issues head on and take the first step on our road to recovery.”

Brown, whose background is in marketing, insisted the changes were not an unthinking reaction, although the suddenness of the announcement suggested otherwise, but admitted the team had to adapt. “We are too slow to react,” he said. “We need to simplify things within the organisation. We need to operate like a race team, a much faster organisation, we are a bit too slow, we are bit too clunky.”

He warned, however, against any hope of short-term improvement. “We are frustrated, massively frustrated,” he added. “I wish we could fix this over-night, but it is going to take some time. We are not quitting, we are not quitters and our shareholders are fully behind us. But I wouldn’t expect any miracles at Silverstone.”

Comments

Latest Results




Latest F1 News

2018 F117 hours ago

Sirotkin to test DTM, Hartley to Porsche

80SharesSergey Sirotkin could keep his motor racing career alive in the German touring car series DTM. SMP Racing, his Russian...

2018 F117 hours ago

McLaren not ‘copying’ Red Bull car – Sainz

80SharesCarlos Sainz has played down claims McLaren is ‘copying’ Red Bull’s chassis concept for 2019. With Red Bull moving to...

2018 F117 hours ago

Barcelona hopes for new F1 contract

80SharesOrganisers of the Spanish grand prix are still not sure they will reach a new agreement with Liberty Media. Vicenc...

2018 F12 days ago

Berger sees F1 chance for nephew Auer

80Shares is hoping his nephew may have a future in formula one. One the one hand, the F1 legend said...

2018 F12 days ago

Hamilton teammate Bottas ‘is not there’ – Verstappen

80SharesMax Verstappen has admitted he will try to emulate Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes’ approach to winning the world championship. The...

2018 F12 days ago

Mexico GP future in doubt

80SharesA cloud has moved above the future of the highly popular Mexican grand prix. The rejuvenated race at the iconic...

2018 F12 days ago

“I did not lose confidence in myself at any time,” – Carlos Sainz

80SharesCarlos Sainz says he will do his best to “lead” McLaren from the cockpit in 2019. The Spaniard is moving...

2018 F13 days ago

Sirotkin, Wehrlein eye Ferrari role for 2019

80SharesTwo drivers may be eyeing Daniil Kvyat’s job at Ferrari for 2019. This year, Russian Kvyat was a Ferrari development...

2018 F13 days ago

“I just wanted to make it better,”- Verstappen

80SharesMax Verstappen has revealed that he is prepared to be patient with Honda in 2019. Especially in 2018 as the...

2018 F13 days ago

Gasly ‘not afraid’ of Verstappen

80SharesPierre Gasly says he is not worried about pairing up with Max Verstappen at Red Bull next year. Gasly replaces...




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