No stepping down or exit for Boullier at McLaren

McLaren racing director Eric Boullier has dismissed suggestions that he could be stepping down at the Woking-based outfit anytime soon.

McLaren’s fortunes have greatly improved this season following its switch from Honda to Renault power. But the team’s inability to challenge the front-runners despite its pre-season confidence has pundits suggesting that Boullier’s executive role could be in jeopardy.

McLaren recently parted ways with its chief technical officer Tim Goss, but any reshuffling at the top likely won’t include Boullier’s demotion, according to the man himself.

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“Yes, I believe it,” Boullier said in Spain when asked if he still believed he could steer McLaren back to the top end of the grid.

“In the past I have managed, revitalised and restructured several teams, and I have won with all of them in all categories, I know my job, we have to make sure that we can do it.”

Boullier hinted that further changes could be in the works at Woking if it meant improving the squad’s performance level.

“I believe in the people we have, I believe in the managers, you always want strong leadership, good combination, be as flexible as possible, they look like generic words, but we do have to address our issues if we think we have left some.

“We know what we have to do, we have to improve in reliability and performance, now there are other teams with the same engine, so we have references, it’s a long road.

“This has been another step, a good job has been done to recover the reliability from the tests.”

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