McLaren announce team restructuring with Éric Boullier resigning as race director
By: S. Harding, Xiro Xone News July 5, 2018 Updated: 4:41 AM PT
Wednesday, McLaren announced that Éric Boullier will be stepping down as race director. CEO of McLaren Racing Zak Brown accepted Boullier’s resignation from his position.
“The performance of the MCL33 in 2018 has not met the expectations of anyone at McLaren, especially our loyal fans. This is not the fault of the hundreds of committed and hard-working men and women at McLaren.
“The causes are systemic and structural, which require major change from within. With today’s announcement, we start to address those issues head on and take the first step on our road to recovery.
“I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of the entire team to thank Eric for his service and contribution to McLaren and wish him well in his future endeavours,” said Brown.
The news comes as McLaren is in the process of making changes inside its infrastructure as they hope to find a winning formula that will return them to the front of the grid.
In addition to these changes, Simon Roberts, COO of McLaren Racing, will oversee production, engineering, and logistics.
Other personnel changes include former Ferrari engineer Andrea Stella as Performance Director who will be responsible for trackside operations and Indianapolis 500 winner Gil de Ferran who will take up the new role of Sporting Director, focusing on maximising the effectiveness of the team’s racing package.
McLaren started the 2018 season with a fresh start since it’s partnership with French car manufacturer Renault was announced last year after having three unsuccessful years with previous engine supplier Honda.
"I am very proud to have worked with such a brilliant team over the past four years, but I recognise now is the right time for me to step down," Boullier said. "I want to wish everyone at McLaren the best for the remainder of the season and for the future."
Boullier joined McLaren after leaving his position as team principal of Lotus F1 in 2014.
McLaren currently sits sixth in the constructors’ championship and are in a tight midfield battle with Haas and Force India for fifth.