Connect with us

F1 top news

McLaren success will ‘take a while’ – de Ferran

Published

on

  • 51
    Shares

Gil de Ferran agrees with McLaren boss Zak Brown that it will “take a while” for the British team to win again.

With the Honda era now over, McLaren hit rock bottom in 2018 as it became apparent that, even with a better engine, the team is still not competitive.

What followed was a staff revolt, with the victim being team boss Eric Boullier. De Ferran, an Indy 500 champion, is among the promotions as he starts full-time work as sporting director.

“As Zak says, we know that it will take a while to restructure the team,” de Ferran told Brazil’s Globo.

But he said McLaren has the ability to bounce back, and claims he has the “full support” of shareholders Bahrain, Mansour Ojjeh and Michael Latifi.

“I have met with them, and I repeat that the support is super,” said the Brazilian.

Even with Boullier’s departure, though, some think the management structure at McLaren is top heavy, as Mercedes’ was initially some years ago.

“Yeah, but it worked out there, didn’t it?” de Ferran smiled.

“As I say, the path to the moon begins with a first step. I don’t see any problems with the structure.”

Some, however, say de Ferran – whose daughter Anna is the girlfriend of Stoffel Vandoorne – has arrived mainly thanks to Fernando Alonso.

Increasingly, McLaren is becoming known in the paddock as ‘Team Alonso’.

“I would like to believe that the reason I am here is my competence,” de Ferran laughed. But he admits he has also known American Brown for “many years”.

As for Alonso’s political power at McLaren, de Ferran answered: “He knows what he is talking about. When he says something, it’s better to pay attention.”

Comments

Latest Results




Latest F1 News

2018 F110 hours ago

Alonso exit shows F1 ‘sick’ – Perez

51SharesFernando Alonso’s plight shows that F1 is “sick”. That is the claim of Force India driver Sergio Perez, referring to...

2018 F110 hours ago

Kubica has ‘made decision’ about 2019

51SharesRobert Kubica looks certain to secure the second race seat at Williams for 2019. At an event in northern Poland,...

2018 F110 hours ago

Dutch GP preparations to take years

51SharesBelgian grand prix boss Andre Maes doubts the Netherlands can quickly put together an F1 project. After 35 years promoting...

2018 F110 hours ago

Toto Wolff is offering a place for Seidl in Mercedes

51SharesMercedes looks set to recruit a top official from Porsche’s highly successful Le Mans team. Porsche ended its highly successful...

2018 F12 days ago

F1 has ‘other options’ to British GP – Carey

51SharesChase Carey has admitted a cloud still hangs over the future of the British grand prix. Last year, Silverstone’s owner,...

2018 F12 days ago

Carey admits no ‘new engine’ for 2021

51SharesChase Carey has admitted F1’s engines will not change significantly for 2021. Earlier, Liberty Media wanted drastically different engines compared...

2018 F12 days ago

Lewis Hamilton says he is not interested in Formula E

51SharesLewis Hamilton says he is not interested in Formula E because of the lack of petrol power, sound and speed....

2018 F12 days ago

Carey defends ending F1 betting sponsorship ban

51SharesChase Carey has defended F1’s move into the world of gambling. For four decades, former F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone did...

2018 F13 days ago

Brazil ramps up efforts to keep grand prix

51SharesOrganisers of the Brazilian grand prix have ramped up efforts to keep Interlagos on the F1 calendar. The contract expires...

2018 F13 days ago

Marchionne death hurt Ferrari morale – Tronchetti Provera

51SharesFerrari is “very close” to its goal of bringing the title back to Maranello after more than a decade. That...




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