McLaren Renault’s Racing Director Eric Boullier announced today on the eve of the teams home race at the Silverstone circuit that he has resigned from his role within the team. In a statement the Frenchman said:
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. I want to wish everyone at McLaren the best for the remainder of the season and for the future.
Gil De Ferran who served as Fernando Alonso’s driver coach during the the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil has been appointed to the role of Sporting Director.
Simon Roberts COO of McLaren Racing will oversee production, engineering and logistics while Andrea Stella is named Performance Director and will be responsible for all trackside operations.
Speaking about the changes, McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown said:
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.