Boullier: My role with McLaren is definitely one of Team Principal

Eric Boullier in Bahrain

Eric Boullier in Bahrain

His official title may be McLaren Racing Director, but Eric Boullier on Thursday said that he is actually the Woking team’s new Team Principal.

The former Lotus chief started work at Woking just over two weeks ago, and his first days wearing grey at a race track have been at the Bahrain test this week.

Officially, Ron Dennis-led McLaren has said that Boullier, who is just 40, will work “with” Chief Operating Officer Jonathan Neale and other “senior management”, and report to the so-far unnamed new McLaren Formula 1 Chief Executive.

But with Martin Whitmarsh expected to leave McLaren altogether, Boullier said in Bahrain that he has effectively become the new Team Principal.

Eric Boullier keeps an eye on proceedings in the McLaren pit garage in Bahrain

Eric Boullier keeps an eye on proceedings in the McLaren pit garage in Bahrain

“Yes,” he told Britain’s Sky, “it is definitely a Team Principal role on track and let’s say that off track I have to focus more on the performance of the team.”

On the other hand, Boullier said that the “old concept” of a single team boss is now defunct.

“Time has changed and moved forward and you cannot have a Team Principal acting [alone] today,” he insisted.

“I think teams are now getting bigger and you have to share the responsibilities of the organisation to make sure you make the best of it.” (GMM)

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  • McLarenfan

    It was kind of obvious that he was effectively taking Martin’s job in a new structure after reading Ron’s speech. Shame that Martin has not been seen to comment.