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Alonso on McLaren Management Shift

Eric Boullier GETTYEric Boullier has resigned from his role with McLaren
Sidney Guerrero | 09 July, 2018, 04:01

Eric Boullier resigned from his position as racing director on Tuesday, with Andrea Stella becoming performance director and Gil de Ferran named as sporting director.

"We knew the problems we could have here so I think we managed to pull a complicated qualifying through with a good position and starting from the clean side".

He was promoted to a permanent seat last year and showed early signs of promise but that has somehow fizzled out this year.

"If Zak thinks that there are other people now doing different jobs in the team, it's because he thinks it's the best thing to do, and I trust 100% Zak".

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".

Fernando Alonso: "It was definitely a positive Friday for us".

Since the start of 2014, McLaren have scored just two podiums - and they came at the opening race of that season.

Brown himself said he had consulted the drivers about the changes to the team's structure, but Alonso disagrees that was the case.

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"In the end, he felt that McLaren needed to move forward.

What we've announced is not a finished product, it's a starting point.' Brown admitted that this year's McLaren has 'less downforce" than last year's vehicle which carried the team to ninth-place out of 10 in the final standings.

When asked by Formula1.com if McLaren were facing a wait similar to that of Mercedes and Red Bull to fight for the title, Brown said: "Yeah, realistically".

"But five years later they wanted me back and signed me for some more years".

"What I'd like to do and what we are going to do is fight like mad to finish fourth in the championship".

As for whether Boullier's existing role will be replaced, Brown said that he is unsure. He also announced a simplified technical leadership team. He likes the McLaren environment and he obviously believes in us because he had the chance to leave this year but chose to stay and I believe he wants to be here long term.

When suggested that he was at the head of the charge, Alonso stated, "No, I don't think so".

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