Boullier surprised by Renault’s problems 1 March, 2014 Eric Boullier Newly instated McLaren Racing Director Eric Boullier admits that he is surprised that Renault have struggled so much in the early stages of the new Formula 1 turbo era, considering that they were “big advocates of the switch” to the new power units. However the preseason has been something of a nightmare for the French manufacturer and the teams that they supply, with the power units causing a myriad problems – the introduction of the technology appearing to catch Renault with much homework yet to be done. When asked about how he felt regarding the situation that Renault find themselves in, Boullier responded, “In some ways I am surprised, but I won’t comment on this side. Instead I’d say that I am surprised about what Mercedes has achieved: how far they are, how much into details they went.” But did add, “With two teams like Red Bull and Lotus as partners in developing this power train – and being the initiator, or rather being in favour of this change – everybody would have expected Renault to be in a better position today.” Boullier left the Renault powered Lotus team to join McLaren, who this year are Mercedes powered, but from 2015 will reunite with Honda for their engine supply. Subbed by AJN.