With it having been announced last week that Eric Boullier had departed Lotus, he was instantly linked with a role at McLaren. Today McLaren has confirmed that he will join them in the position of Racing Director, effective Monday February 3rd.
Boullier will work with Jonathan Neale (Chief Operating Officer) and his senior management colleagues within McLaren Racing. He will report to the Chief Executive Officer of McLaren Racing, a newly created position which is yet to be filled. They in turn will report directly to Ron Dennis, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of McLaren Group.
“First of all, I regard this appointment as an honour, a privilege and a wonderful opportunity,” Boullier said of his new role. “The McLaren Racing workforce and facilities at the McLaren Technology Centre are world-class, and I’m hugely excited about the prospect of joining such an outstanding team. 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.”
“Last, 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,” he concluded.
Ron Dennis, who was re-appointed as the CEO of the McLaren Group a couple of weeks ago, explained the importance of Boullier’s hiring.
“Eric’s appointment is an integral part of a senior management restructure within McLaren Racing,” he explained. “I’ve already personally conveyed to the entire workforce of the McLaren Group, which includes McLaren Racing, the values, principles and mindset that I intend us all to adopt, going forward. My intention is that from now on everyone at McLaren Racing will understand their responsibilities and accountabalities, focusing on their specific areas of expertise, in keeping with those values, principles and mindset.”
“In due course we’ll announce the identity of McLaren Racing’s new Chief Executive Officer,” he continued. “They will report to me, and to whom Eric will report. I’m firmly of the belief that, once McLaren Racing’s restructured senior management team has been assembled, together we’ll begin the march back to full competitiveness, quickly and professionally, harnessing the fantastic depth of talent that exists within our organisation.”
Team Principal Martin Whitmarsh has been off the radar for a while now, suggesting he has left the team in the wake of one of McLaren’s worst ever Formula One seasons. McLaren are yet to confirm or deny the speculation. Boullier’s appointment strengthens the argument that Whitmarsh has left.