Eric Boul­lier

F1 Racing - - YOU ASK THE QUESTIONS - WORDS POR­TRAITS

Be­tween high-pow­ered meet­ings and phone calls from Ron Dennis, McLaren’s rac­ing di­rec­tor found time to an­swer your ques­tions about the team’s dis­mal 2015 and their hopes for the fu­ture

It’s a busy af­ter­noon in the cramped and hec­tic Mon­tréal pad­dock. We’ve man­aged to ar­range a slot with McLaren’s rac­ing di­rec­tor Eric Boul­lier, but now he’s de­layed by a call – a theme that will char­ac­terise this long day.

When we nally sit down, we ask whether he’s ready to an­swer your ques­tions: “Yes, yes, ne… well, no ac­tu­ally. I have a meet­ing in ten min­utes that I can’t post­pone. But don’t worry – I’ll be avail­able af­ter­wards.”

So we sug­gest a few ques­tions now, be­fore he points out the signicance of his meet­ing. “I can’t re­ally tell you about it… but I have a few other teams com­ing here.”

He’s then dis­tracted by the key re­sults of F1 Rac­ing’s Global Fan Sur­vey (for more on that, turn to p62), which we have with us. “You know, this is re­ally in­ter­est­ing. Can I have a copy? Just for me?” When the likes of Chris­tian Horner, Toto Wolff and Mau­r­izio Ar­riv­abene ar­rive for his meet­ing, he in­vites us to share the nd­ings with them. Alas we’re not in­vited for the whole dis­cus­sion, one that lasts 80 min­utes. Fi­nally, when Boul­lier emerges, he’s ready to talk. Pro­vid­ing there are no fur­ther in­ter­rup­tions… McLaren-Honda have al­ready made huge strides. How much fur­ther up the grid seems re­al­is­tic this sea­son? Tim Kem­mis, USA It’s difcult to an­swer as we have a long-term plan for the next few years and we have a medium-term plan, which is to make sure the way McLaren-Honda op­er­ate is the right way. There is also a short-term plan, in which the ba­sic rule of an F1 team is to bring per­for­mance race af­ter race.

Who knows, in Sin­ga­pore an engi­neer might wake up with the magic so­lu­tion to nd one sec­ond of per­for­mance, then we can per­haps be on the podium and win races. We do more than our best and ev­ery­one is 100 per cent work­ing at-out, so let’s see what hap­pens by the sum­mer shut­down.

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