Boullier departs from McLaren

Gil de Ferran

Gil de Ferran

Team McLaren after switching from Honda engines to Renault is targeting the podium in 2018, but have experienced problems with the performance of the auto and aerodynamics development.

Race pace has been better - the team is now sixth in the championship on 44 points - but it has only scored eight points since a major vehicle upgrade was introduced at the Spanish Grand Prix.

Eric Boullier has left McLaren with immediate effect, the former Racing Director paying the price for what has been a wretched start to this campaign. Moreover, its employees seem to have grown exhausted with the constant restructuring of the team's leadership, with Martin Whitmarsh resigning in 2013 in order to make way for the return of Ron Dennis only to spend a couple of seasons as the team principal before being sanctioned on a "gardening leave" by McLaren's shareholders.

Boullier said that he is really proud to have had worked with the team, but it is the right time to step down.

"But I think we're in a good place now, we've got a good foundation and I want to build on that rather than continue to make changes". Dennis joined the team in 1981 merging his Project Four Racing with McLaren.

In a statement, McLaren said: "These changes are the beginning of a comprehensive programme of positive changes to the technical leadership of McLaren's racing organisation".

Simon Roberts, McLaren Racing's COO will be the head of production, engineering and logistics and Andrea Stella will be appointed as the performance director, responsible for trackside operations.

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"Ultimately at the race weekend Andrea Stella will make the final call as he is there to ultimately drive the absolute performance of the race weekend", Brown explained.

What is clear is that Fernando Alonso is probably happy with the changes, as he is close to Brown, his former Ferrari race engineer Stella, and Indy 500 champion de Ferran.

However, Brown says the performance of the team did not meet the expectations of their loyal fans.

This has resulted in Fernando Alonso losing credibility in McLaren's ability to win podiums and as a result, he has shifted his focus on taking up projects in IndyCar and Le Mans Championships in search for the "Triple Crown", a feat only achieved by the great Graham Hill.

Chief executive Zak Brown said their current problems were "systemic and structural, which require major change from within".

"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".

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