Eric Boullier is to join McLaren in the role of Racing Director, a position that will see the former Lotus boss report to a yet-to-be-appointed CEO of the team.
In a team statement, McLaren Chairman Ron Dennis said the hiring of Boullier forms “an integral part of a senior management restructure within McLaren Racing”.
Boullier will be charged with running the team at races and will report to a new CEO of the F1 team, who will in turn report to Dennis. In advance of the appointment of a new CEO, Boullier will report to McLaren’s Chief Operating Officer Jonathan Neale. The team statement made no mention of Martin Whitmarsh’s future.
Dennis added that he is convinced the new structure will return McLaren to winning ways.
“I’m firmly of the belief that, once McLaren Racing’s restructured senior management team has been assembled, together we’ll begin the march back to full competitiveness, quickly and professionally, harnessing the fantastic depth of talent that exists within our organisation,” he said.
Of his new post Boullier said: “First of all, I regard this appointment as an honour, a privilege and a wonderful opportunity.
“I’m both eager and determined to play an active part, working alongside McLaren Racing’s other senior managers and directors, within a new operational structure, to bring about the changes that will deliver success.