McLaren confirm Boullier as new racing director

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Eric Boullier, Lotus, Spa-Francorchamps, 2013Eric Boullier has joined McLaren as racing director, the team has confirmed.

“Eric’s appointment is an integral part of a senior management restructure within McLaren Racing,” said chairman Ron Dennis.

McLaren confirmed they also plan to appoint a new chief executive officer of McLaren Racing, who Boullier will report to.

“In due course we’ll announce the identity of McLaren Racing’s new chief executive officer” added Dennis.

Boullier, who joins the team after spending four years as Lotus’s team principal, said: “I?m both eager and determined to play an active part, working alongside McLaren Racing?s other senior managers and directors, within a new operational structure, to bring about the changes that will deliver success.”

“I want to take this opportunity to assure the McLaren Racing workforce that I’m utterly determined to match their famous passion and commitment to win.”

No mention was made of the future destination of previous team principal Martin Whitmarsh.

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67 comments on McLaren confirm Boullier as new racing director

  1. Maciek (@maciek) said on 29th January 2014, 15:20

    Great move by McLaren in my view.

  2. HoHum (@hohum) said on 29th January 2014, 17:55

    As Boullier has gone straight from Lotus to McLaren without “gardening leave” I think we can assume that his employment contract had been breached by Lotus, no doubt the same way Kimis contract was in breach, it is very sad that such a good resourceful team as Lotus Enstone are likely to blead to death in order for CVC investors to keep receiving the kind of investment returns normaly only heard of in ads. for scams and ponzi schemes.

    • @hohum – it’s not CVC’s fault that Lopez and Lux are incompetent, cynical financiers – incapable of managing a sporting property – who have been trying to make an outrageous profit on the Enstone team by refusing to sell sponsorship at the market rate, instead holding out for pie-in-the-sky “investments” from frauds like Mansoor Ijaz which never materialize, thereby ensuring that the brilliant, high-flying Genii financiers can’t pay their staff’s basic wages.

      Don’t blame CVC for those idiots!!

      • Kimi4WDC said on 30th January 2014, 2:24

        Thank you.

      • HoHum (@hohum) said on 30th January 2014, 13:41

        @joepa, I understand that point but look a little further back and ask youself how did the team fall into the hands of “cynical financiers”. Bernie sold on the rights to all of F1s revenue yet it is the teams that collectively have to spend billions each year to put on the show without which there would be no revenue, how can that work?

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 30th January 2014, 7:51

      Actually its well possible that its as simple as him not renewing his contract @hohum, remember he was taken in as team principal in Januari as well.

  3. tmax (@tmax) said on 29th January 2014, 18:14

    It is interesting to note that a few years ago Dennis, Brawn and Boullier were presumed equals on the paddock in terms of being principals of the respective teams. If Indeed Brawn comes in as the McLaren Racing CEO then Boullier will report to Brawn who then reports to Dennis. That will look a bit awkward.

    On the other hand Brawn left Mercedes because of the similar issues. He wanted to run the team with a single authority rather than a bureaucracy & hierarchy. He would have very well stayed with Mercedes if he was happy with a hierarchy. He would have been more happy to report to Lauda than Ron.

    Lotus announced that Boullier is leaving McLaren couple of days ago and McLaren announced that Boullier is joining them today. Does that mean that Boullier literally walked into McLaren office and got a deal with Ron in a days time ? It is highly possible that he might have been negotiating with Ron much earlier. If that is the case does that mean that Boullier was negotiating with Quantum et all with the knowledge that he was going to move to McLaren ? How credible would that negotiation be ? Is Boullier going to bring in their sponsor ? Is that why McLaren has not announced a sponsor yet ?

    A lot of things don’t seem to add up. I think before making further assumptions it is safe to wait for the whole scenario to span out and get a complete picture of things ?

    • @tmax If Indeed Brawn comes in as the McLaren Racing CEO then Boullier will report to Brawn who then reports to Dennis. That will look a bit awkward.

      Hence why Brawn will not be coming to McLaren to work under Ron Dennis.

      It simply defies credulity to suggest that a man as successful – and independent – as Ross Brawn would quit Mercedes (a team he, in some ways, rebuilt from scratch after Honda pulled the plug and forced massive staff cuts; a team in which he invested his blood, sweat, tears – and $$$ – and nurtured through some very difficult years to a return to GP-winning form) rather than have his independence compromised and have to work under the thumb of a bumbling old fool like Niki Lauda, just to join McLaren and work under the thumb of another bumbling old fool like Ron Dennis!

      • tmax (@tmax) said on 29th January 2014, 22:51

        @joepa Agreed that Brawn has very less motivation to go back to a setup he has basically shun to go fishing. But as much as I doubt Ross Brawn going there, I don’t get a good feeling about the Boullier move too. That is why i am saying lets step back and wait for the whole scene to evolve.

  4. Jono (@me262) said on 30th January 2014, 2:56

    angon…so where is Charlie Whiting going then??

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