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 signicance 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 difcult 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.