McLaren Racing announced leadership restructures to its racing operations effective immediately.
McLaren Racing Chief Executive Zak Brown accepted Eric Boullier’s resignation from his position as racing director. He also announced a simplified technical leadership team.
Simon Roberts, COO of McLaren Racing, will oversee production, engineering and logistics. Andrea Stella is appointed performance director, responsible for trackside operations. Gil de Ferran takes up the new role of sporting director, to maximize the effectiveness of the team’s racing package.
These changes are said to be the beginning of a comprehensive program of positive changes to the technical leadership of McLaren’s racing organization. The team will invest to retain and attract the best talent, internally and externally, to return McLaren Racing to the front of the grid, according to the race organization.
“The performance of the MCL33 in 2018 has not met the expectations of anyone at McLaren, especially our loyal fans. This is not the fault of the hundreds of committed and hard-working men and women at McLaren,” Brown said.
“The causes are systemic and structural, which require major change from within. With today’s announcement, we start to address those issues head on and take the first step on our road to recovery.
“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 endeavors.”
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