Boullier: I will feel proud arriving in Melbourne wearing McLaren team kit 11 March, 2014 Eric Boullier was instrumental in the transformation of Renault to Lotus, and thus his abrupt decision to quit the Entone squad and join McLaren took the Formula 1 world by surprise, but a few months into his career with at Woking the Frenchman is heading to Melbourne with pride. Speaking ahead of the season opener at Albert Park, Boullier said, “The Australian Grand Prix will be a new start – both for Formula 1 and for me personally – I will feel proud arriving in the Melbourne paddock wearing McLaren team kit.” “McLaren is a team I’ve always hugely respected – ever since I watched Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost battling in those iconic red and white cars while I was still studying at home in France.” “To be part of the team means so much to me – but I know that we will not be judged on our past, incredible though it is, but on what we can achieve in the present.” “Our winter test preparations have been largely trouble-free: our aim with MP4-29 was to deliver a solid and reliable platform, which we can develop throughout the season. In terms of full performance, we’re not there yet, but there’s more to come: not least because there’s a hunger and belief that’s evident throughout the entire McLaren organisation.” “In fact, it’s been fascinating to observe and learn how this team operates: I can see so much potential here: the facilities are second-to-none, and the people are hugely motivated. We’re all restless to make progress.” “I think the relationship between Jenson and Kevin is very strong, too: they’ve developed a shared trust, and their feedback has closely tallied, so our engineers have really benefited from their common feedback. Each has their own set of challenges going into this first race weekend, but I believe both will cope admirably, and the whole team will be there to help and support them.” “They won’t go to Australia with the fastest car, but, as this team has always done, we will build, service and engineer it to the best of our considerable abilities – and then we will race it hard. Something this team has always done brilliantly.” “This weekend looks set to be exciting, unpredictable and nerve-wracking – all in equal measure! Whether we have a race of endless incident, a procession, or a spate of mechanical retirements, I think we all go into this new era with the ambition and commitment to make it a great success.” (GP247) Reports on GrandPrix247.com by: staff & contributors, Reuters syndication, GMM service, Formula 1 teams, sponsors & organisations.