McLaren has announced that Eric Boullier will take up the job of racing director on Feb. 3.
The former Lotus team principal will report to a new chief executive officer of McLaren Racing, who has yet to be appointed, and who will in turn report to Ron Dennis, who is head of the whole McLaren Group. In the interim, managing director Jonathan Neale will hold that position.
The big question now is who will take the CEO role. Although his name has fallen out of the equation of late, it could yet turn out to be Ross Brawn.
“First of all, I regard this appointment as an honor, a privilege and a wonderful opportunity,” said Boullier. “The McLaren Racing workforce and the facilities at the McLaren Technology Centre are world-class, and I’m hugely excited about the prospect of joining such an outstanding team. I’m both eager and determined to play an active part, working alongside McLaren Racing’s other senior managers and directors, within a new operational structure, to bring about the changes that will deliver success. Last, I want to take this opportunity to assure the McLaren Racing workforce that I’m utterly determined to match their famous passion and commitment to win.”
Dennis said: “Eric’s appointment is an integral part of a senior management restructure within McLaren Racing. I’ve already personally conveyed to the entire workforce of the McLaren Group, which includes McLaren Racing, the values, principles and mindset that I intend us all to adopt, going forward. My intention is that from now on everyone at McLaren Racing will understand their responsibilities and accountabilities, focusing on their specific areas of expertise, in keeping with those values, principles and mindset.
“In due course we’ll announce the identity of McLaren Racing’s new chief executive officer, who’ll report to me, and to whom Eric will report.
“I’m firmly of the belief that, once McLaren Racing’s restructured senior management team has been assembled, together we’ll begin the march back to full competitiveness, quickly and professionally, harnessing the fantastic depth of talent that exists within our organization.”