Boullier resigns from McLaren, Brown announces a simplified leadership structure

Boullier resigns from McLaren, Brown announces a simplified leadership structure

Eric Boullier
photo: Steven Tee/McLaren

McLaren Racing announced a leadership restructure of its racing operations as well as the resignation of Eric Boullier, both with immediate effect.

McLaren Racing Chief Executive Zak Brown yesterday accepted 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. He will be responsible for trackside operations. Gil de Ferran takes up the new role of Sporting Director, to maximise the effectiveness of the team’s racing package.

Zak Brown said:

“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.

“The causes are systemic and structural, which require a 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 endeavours.”

Eric Boullier said:

“I am very proud to have worked with such a brilliant team over the past four years, but I recognise now is the right time for me to step down. I want to wish everyone at McLaren the best for the remainder of the season and for the future.”