McLaren racing director Eric Boullier has defended
both the team and himself against critical reports in the British media
which hinted at dissatisfaction amongst the Woking staff.
The Mail on Sunday suggested last weekend that some McLaren employees would like to see former boss Martin Whitmarsh return to the camp.
Another report in Friday’s Daily Mail said that staff
members were frustrated at receiving Cadbury’s Freddo chocolate bars as
bonuses, and again suggested that employees were dissatisfied with the
Boullier said that it was inevitable that in a large organisation
there would be some unhappy people, and suggested that criticism could
“Obviously we are 800 people, we have a lot of support from the workforce and from the engineering,” he said.
“I think it’s a matter of a couple of people who are grumpy, and
actually in some ways it might be good for us, because we’ve had a lot
of feedback, and good feedback.
"There have been a couple of stories about some ‘Chocolate-gate’ in the media today, which have been a bit funny to read.
"Again, it was good because we’ve had tons of emails from people
saying this is a joke. There are maybe a couple of people grumpy, in any
organisation you have some people who agree or disagree.
"We don’t know what is the problem of these people, and I think we
have invited them to come and see us to see what the problems are,
rather than talking through the back door.”
Asked by the writer of the Daily Mail articles if he would resign, Boullier was adamant: “No, I will not resign.
"To your question, I know you have written some articles. I’ve won
races and championships with every team I’ve managed before, including
F1, and this is something you cannot take away from me.”
goals, Boullier stressed that it had made progress since switching to
Renault, despite the team having failed to run near the front so far
“The car this year obviously is not working exactly as we expected it
to be, but we are still using this as an experimental experience,
especially this morning for example there were new parts on the car.
"We want to learn from this car, and learn as well working with
Renault, because it’s a different partner from last year, so we have
something new to learn, some of the technical options we have not
"Again it’s a journey. In the last race one of the pipes broke during
the race, and this is something which we investigated, a problem we had
to face, and this is part of the journey, learning to work with
Renault, out new power unit partner.”