‘I am the Right Man to Lead McLaren’: Boullier

May 19, 2018 8:34 pm

McLaren’s racing director Eric Boullier firmly believes that he is the right man to get McLaren-Renault back to the front of Formula 1. He has hit back at critics who have doubted his leadership abilities.

The British team has made giant strides in 2018 with the Renault power unit on the back of the MCL33. Their progress is incredible, especially compared to the previous three seasons with Honda power. In fact, their points tally of 40 in five races is a far cry from the 30 points accumulated during the entire 2017 season.

They still are some way off the leading pace, with leaders Mercedes racking up 153 points and fellow Renault customer Red Bull on double McLaren’s tally.

After the departure of technical director Tim Goss, there was speculation that management changes could soon be on the cards. However, Boullier remained tight-lipped on any further changes at the Woking team.

Eric Boullier with Fernando Alonso

The Frenchman insisted that he is still the right person to lead McLaren in the future. Boullier is quite confident that Mclaren can turn things round.

“We don’t want to comment much about what we are doing [internally],” said Boullier. “Obviously we are trying to be the best and being the best means also looking at how we can be more efficient in terms of our organisation.

“It’s part of life for a Formula 1 team to keep looking at how to deliver better and more.

“In my past life I’ve been managing, rebuilding, restructuring a few teams and I won with all of them in any category there was,” he added.

“It’s hard work. There’s a lot of expectation obviously from McLaren and from a lot of people.

“I think I know my job and we need to make sure we can make it, deliver it on time. The timing needs to be the right time, not the wrong expectation.

“No orders are needed, we know what we need to do: we have to improve the reliability and we have to improve performance.”

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