Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Zak Brown: 'Pressure led to Eric Boullier exit'

Zak Brown: 'Pressure led to Eric Boullier exit'

Less than two weeks later, McLaren Racing announced alongside a new management structure that Bouiller had, in fact, left the team. This is going to take some time to fix. Their last win was the 2012 season finale in Brazil, their last drivers' championship in 2008 and their last constructors' championship 10 years earlier in 1998. We're going to have good and bad weekends ahead but we're not going to quit.

He said: "I've got really good communications with everyone in the team and so I have been working with Eric in the past year and a half".

The new role for his 2017 Indianapolis 500 advisor Gil de Ferran and a promotion for Andrea Stella - who moved from Ferrari at the same time as the Spaniard - led to suggestions the Spaniard played a significant role behind the scenes.

'We don't have the same level of downforce as previous year, ' said CEO Zak Brown. "I think because of all the different variables it would be hard to definitively say yes or no, but we know we have less downforce this year than last year".

Brown even said this week that Alonso was part of the decision to oust Eric Boullier.

'We need to simplify to speed up the decision-making process and my job is to put that pace into the organisation, get the right leadership in place and get on with getting back to where McLaren should be.

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Brown said Boullier's departure has allowed them to make a fresh start.

Brown would not set a firm target for the rest of the season, but insisted the team has not given up on fourth in the constructors' championship - now held by Renault, 18 points ahead.

"Moving forward the most important thing is to improve the auto and be more competitive and hopefully from this weekend we'll see a step forward".

'What we're going to do is fight like mad to finish fourth in [this year's] championship standings'.

Chief executive Zak Brown said their current problems were "systemic and structural, which require major change from within". 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.

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