Tag Archive: Eric Boullier

Nov 23

Magnussen can be Danish ‘sporting legend’ – Dennis

A new name “might” have leapt into contention to become Fernando Alonso’s teammate at McLaren-Honda next year.

2014-06-07_1055 Former team driver Martin Brundle on Saturday told McLaren supremo Ron Dennis that everyone in the paddock knows Alonso has now inked a deal for 2015. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 22

McLaren runs Red Bull front wing ‘copy’

McLaren’s new front wing bears a striking resemblance to the one fitted to the 2014 Red Bull.

McLaren-Honda SAP 2 In the last race before the British team switches to Honda power, it was fitted to Kevin Magnussen’s MP4-29 during Friday practice in Abu Dhabi. The Danish driver said the new wing is a “very different philosophy” for McLaren. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 19

McLaren delays driver news until December

The long wait to know McLaren’s official 2015 driver lineup is not yet over

  McLarenRacing With Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen’s careers in the balance, team boss Eric Boullier said in Brazil that the target was to announce the news before the chequered flag in Abu Dhabi this weekend. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 14

Sainz may be shock contender for McLaren seat

Carlos Sainz jr may have emerged as a shock candidate to be Fernando Alonso’s teammate next year

Carlos Sainz Jr The Red Bull-backed rookie Spaniard now appears out of the running to make his debut for Toro Rosso next year, with the energy drink company likely to instead pair the young Max Verstappen with the more experienced Jean-Eric Vergne. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 13

McLaren-Honda to make track debut on Friday

McLaren is taking the 90 minute trip from its Woking headquarters on Friday to Silverstone, where the new works Honda era will begin

2014-06-07_0813 A source at the British team told us this week that a decision about whether to take an interim 2014 car fitted with the Japanese carmaker’s all-new turbo V6 engine to Abu Dhabi has “not yet” been taken. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 11

McLaren, Mercedes play down three cars for 2015

As the 2014 season winds to a close, the prospect of three-car teams for 2015 remains a mystery

Flavio Briatore - Bernie Ecclestone Angry small teams departed Brazil believing the sport’s establishment is trying to push them out, leaving five powerful teams supplying cars to customers. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 10

Alonso plays down chance of Abu Dhabi announcement

Fernando Alonso has departed yet another F1 circuit at the tail end of the 2014 season giving little away about his next move

2014-09-04_0187 - Scuderia Ferrari - Italy - Fernando Alonso Reporters are hanging on the Spaniard’s every word for clues about his expected departure from Ferrari and lucrative move to McLaren-Honda for 2015. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 09

McLaren could sign Alonso, test Honda in Abu Dhabi

And now even Alonso admits that he could leave Ferrari.

Vettel-Alonso chez Mclaren In Brazil, probably Fernando Alonso’s penultimate race for Ferrari, the Spaniard has given more hints than ever that his tenure in red is almost over. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 08

Alonso says ‘there is life after Ferrari’

Fernando Alonso remains the big player as the F1 driver ‘silly season’ reaches its climax for another year.

2014-09-04_0187 - Scuderia Ferrari - Italy - Fernando Alonso Further down the grid, the field of 2015 is now beginning to shape up.  Lotus is set to keep Romain Grosjean, and Jean-Eric Vergne is getting one more year at Toro Rosso. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 06

McLaren gives Alonso deadline for 2015 decision

McLaren has warned Fernando Alonso he is running out of time to commit to the British team for the 2015 season.

2014-06-08_0887 Media reports in the last days have suggested the Spaniard, whose five-year stint at Ferrari appears definitely over, has now decided to re-join McLaren to spearhead the team’s new works Honda era. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 04

Alonso’s McLaren deal appears done – reports

After a frantic period of mystery and speculation, the course of Fernando Alonso’s future is now beginning to clear.

2014-09-04_0187 - Scuderia Ferrari - Italy - Fernando Alonso Multiple authoritative sources are reporting that the Spaniard is definitely headed to McLaren-Honda, on an initial two-year deal to be Danish youngster Kevin Magnussen’s teammate. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 03

Wolff moves to end boycott threat with ‘a few per cent’

F1 may have moved a small step towards ending the boycott threat.

2014-10-11 - Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team - Russia - Sochi - Toto Wolff Although Bernie Ecclestone’s rare ‘mea culpa’ averted the threat in Austin when he admitted his income distribution system was broken, small teams Lotus, Force India and Sauber are still unhappy as they trek this week to Brazil. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 03

Santander to stay even if Alonso leaves – report

The Spanish multinational Santander is staying at Ferrari even if the closely-aligned Fernando Alonso jumps ship.

2014-06-05_0035That is the claim of the Spanish sports daily Marca, reporting that the banking group has pledged to fulfil its 2017 contract with Ferrari independent of Alonso’s next move.

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Nov 02

Alonso return would be ‘no surprise’ – Lopez

Fernando Alonso’s future continues to be clouded in mystery.

IMG_5961 What does seem certain is that his five-year relationship with Ferrari is set to end, with the only thing blocking his official departure and the arrival of Sebastian Vettel being a Mexican standoff-style contractual impasse. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 31

Grosjean reveals Lotus exit clause

Romain Grosjean has revealed an exit clause will allow him to walk away from Lotus at the end of the season.

2014-07-25 - Lotus F1 Team - Hungary - Romain Grosjean 03 Insiders believe the Frenchman, obviously frustrated by the Enstone team’s struggles in 2014, is waiting for the Fernando Alonso situation to clear before re-committing to Lotus for another season. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 16

New McLaren app brings fans closer than ever to Britain’s most successful Formula 1 team

The experience is optimised to make the most of mobile and tablet platforms

05 - McLaren MercedesMcLaren has launched a new interactive app, providing mobile and tablet users with the most elegant and seamless access to the world of McLaren and Formula 1. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 15

McLaren to decide 2015 drivers this season

McLaren is aiming to decide its 2015 driver lineup before the chequered flag waves in Abu Dhabi next month.

2014-06-07_0873 That is the claim of boss Eric Boullier, after the Woking team’s lead driver Jenson Button revealed that as recently as the Suzuka race he was “annoyed” McLaren is leaving its decision so late. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 04

McLaren will ‘take time’ to decide drivers

All eyes are on Ferrari and Fernando Alonso in the wake of Sebastian Vettel’s shock news on Saturday.

2014-06-05_0222 Although some think Spaniard Alonso’s exit at Ferrari and move to McLaren-Honda is now obvious, others are not so convinced. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 01

Honda hits back after F1 delay reports (+photo)

Honda has apparently hit back at rumours its 2015 F1 programme is facing delays.

2014-01-16_0495Italy’s Autosprint reported on Tuesday that, despite making an audacious bid to lure Fernando Alonso to McLaren for 2015, the Japanese manufacturer is three months behind in the development of its all-new turbo V6 ‘power unit’. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 26

Time short for three-car teams in 2015 – McLaren

Time is running short if formula one needs three-car teams to bolster dwindling grid numbers in 2015.

2014-03-17 - McLaren Mercedes - Australia - Eric Boullier 01 That is the claim of Eric Boullier, boss of the McLaren team, presumably one of the richer outfits that would be called upon by Bernie Ecclestone to pick up the slack should some struggling teams collapse over the winter. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 23

Red Bull denies making illegal radio calls

Red Bull has denied claims it sent illegal coded radio messages to Daniel Ricciardo during the Singapore grand prix.

2014-07-06 - 99355 - Red Bull Racing - Daniel Ricciardo After the FIA’s new communications clampdown took effect last weekend, McLaren pointed the finger at its rivals for disguising driver-performance related radio calls to Ricciardo as legal technical messages. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 22

Alonso, Button rumours rumble on Monday

Fernando Alonso is still the main character,

Vert blanc rouge et Alonso a Even with much of the F1 world on the long-haul return to Europe, the silly season continued to churn on Monday after the Singapore grand prix. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 22

McLaren accuses Red Bull of clampdown breach

McLaren has pointed the finger at Red Bull for allegedly breaching the FIA’s new clampdown on radio communications.

2014-06-08_0643 Although the governing body intended to immediately impose a comprehensive ban on ‘performance’-related messages, the compromise reached ahead of track action in Singapore ultimately outlawed only driver coaching-style calls. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 21

Ferrari wants three-car teams ‘for the show’

Ferrari has split from the pack and declared its support for three-car teams in formula one.

2014-06-05_0038 Amid rumours up to three or four teams are in financial peril, Bernie Ecclestone said in Singapore that the sport would fill the grid gaps by requiring top teams to move from two to three-car operations as soon as 2015. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 20

Button admits McLaren decision could end career

Jenson Button has acknowledged that McLaren’s deliberations over its 2015 lineup could leave him without an alternative.

2014-03-30 - McLaren Mercedes - Malaysia - Jenson Button 04 Amid the high uncertainty, an impression began to form at Monza recently that the British team would in fact not sign a top name like Sebastian Vettel or Fernando Alonso next year. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 16

Mercedes signs reserve, Prodromou starts at McLaren

Two formula one teams had news to announce on Monday.

  2014-09-15 - Mercedes AMG Petronas - Pascal Wehrlein (3) On Sunday, 19-year-old Pascal Wehrlein became the youngest race winner in DTM history, and a day later he was unveiled as the new reserve driver for F1’s dominant team, Mercedes. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 10

Future ‘good’ after long Dennis talks – Button

The signs are growing stronger that Jenson Button will secure at least one more year at McLaren.

2014-05-09 - McLaren Mercedes - Spain - Jenson Button 02 The British team’s quest for a star champion like Fernando Alonso, Lewis Hamilton or Fernando Alonso to spearhead the new Honda era beginning in 2015 has been an open paddock secret. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 09

Boullier denies teams to run third cars

“I think he’s being a bit provocative.”

2014-03-17 - McLaren Mercedes - Australia - Eric Boullier 01 Eric Boullier has dismissed suggestions top F1 teams will have to run three cars next year to plug vacancies on the grid. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 08

McLaren ‘happy’ to keep Button for 2015

McLaren could wait another year for a top name to join the newly Honda-powered outfit.

IMG_6028 In recent days and weeks, it has become increasingly clear that the Woking team is bidding to lure a star champion like Fernando Alonso, Lewis Hamilton or Sebastian Vettel to the British-Japanese works collaboration for 2015. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 07

McLaren say Honda era could get early debut

McLaren’s Honda era could get an earlier than expected start.

IMG_6345 Just days ago, the returning Japanese manufacturer’s F1 chief Yasuhisa Arai said it is “very likely” the first run of its all-new turbo V6 engine would be at the official start of the winter testing season next February. Read the rest of this entry »

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