Tag Archive: Eric Boullier

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 »

Aug 28

Button admits F1 retirement possible after 2014

Jenson Button has admitted for the first time that he might be forced to “retire” at the end of 2014.

2014-06-07_0038 As McLaren and Honda look ahead to their new works partnership beginning next year, it is clear the Woking based team is hoping to sign a truly top driver. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 27

Honda wants Vettel, Newey for McLaren project – Minardi

Even boss Eric Boullier admits the protracted deliberations are unusual for McLaren.

2014-01-16_0495Gian Carlo Minardi, a former F1 team owner and boss, thinks Sebastian Vettel and Adrian Newey might be convinced to switch to

McLaren. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 24

McLaren will end driver uncertainty within season

The delayed announcement of McLaren’s 2015 lineup will not drag on until the winter, boss Eric Boullier insists.

2014-06-07_0813 On paper, the Woking team is the only F1 grandee whose driver plans for next year are not at all clear. It is known that McLaren’s new works engine partner Honda is pushing for a truly top name – like Alonso, Hamilton or Vettel – to spearhead the project. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 14

McLaren looking to ‘refresh’ driver lineup – Boullier

Eric Boullier has admitted McLaren is looking to eventually “refresh” its driver lineup.

2014-06-07_0813 Danish rookie Kevin Magnussen only debuted this year, but Mexican Sergio Perez was also only a single season into his McLaren career when he was ousted at the end of 2013. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 07

2014 McLaren ‘a laboratory’ for Honda car – Boullier

McLaren’s current car is a “rolling laboratory” for the start of the works Honda era beginning in 2015.

2014-06-08_0647 That is the news of team boss Eric Boullier, who arrived at Woking this year and is overseeing the British grandee’s struggle to even stay in the top five constructors in 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 02

Whitmarsh finally leaves McLaren

Martin Whitmarsh is no longer part of McLaren.

2013-06-09_0007 The Woking team’s long-time chief was removed from office by returning chairman Ron Dennis before the season began, as Eric Boullier joined from Lotus.
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Jul 27

New war erupts between F1 teams and media

Lewis Hamilton versus Nico Rosberg is not the only raging battle in formula one.

2014-06-22 - Williams Martini Racing - Austria - Felipe Massa 01 teams Red Bull’s Christian Horner lost his temper with “the negativities” being spread by journalists during the Friday press conference in Hungary. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 27

Team performance firing Lotus exit rumours – Grosjean

It does nothing to quieten the rumours about his next move.

2014-07-25 - Lotus F1 Team - Hungary - Romain Grosjean 01 Romain Grosjean has admitted Lotus’ lack of competitiveness in 2014 is driving rumours he could be set to leave the Enstone team. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 25

Grosjean in no hurry to secure F1 future

With his Lotus future in doubt, Romain Grosjean could be eyeing a move up the formula one grid.

2014-06-07_0194 The Enstone based team is sticking with its other driver, Pastor Maldonado, whose sponsor PDVSA brings millions in crucial backing. Read the rest of this entry »

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