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Q&A - Eric Boullier, Lotus Renault GP

Eric Boullier looks ahead to the Italian Grand Prix
Q:
Reflecting on the Belgian Grand Prix, there were more positives to extract than negatives…

Eric Boullier:
Sportingly, it could have been a better weekend because we had one car in the low points and the other not scoring any which is not sufficient if we're going to chase down Mercedes GP in fourth place. However, all in all it was a good weekend; we had a very respectable qualifying session and Bruno stepped into the cockpit successfully. These aspects were quite promising; it was encouraging for the team to be able to see the cars delivering and their work bearing fruit.

Q:
Do you think there was a noticeable lift in team spirits in Spa?

Eric Boullier:
I think the positive energy really came about after qualifying because everyone knows it is extremely challenging for a new driver to step in. Seeing the team applauding the drivers after Q2 and Q3 was a good sign; I was very happy to see that, and it was pleasing to see smiles back on the team's faces.

Q:
Some other positive news was third driver Romain winning the GP2 Series – you must have been very pleased for him?

Eric Boullier:
Yes, he did it all in the correct manner which is very important. Everyone is talking about him in the paddock now; he became the new GP2 Series champion three races before the end, which is impressive. He's done a good job in that discipline and I think he's now ready to step back into Formula 1.

Q:
With a change of race driver, do you find you have to alter your approach in the way you work with them?

Eric Boullier:
Yes, because each driver is very different. There are different characters with varying mannerisms, so you have to adapt depending on whom it is that's in the race seat. Even if Bruno has been part of the LRGP family for a number of months now, it is a different proposition that he faces as a racing driver.

Q:
Do you think Monza will provide a greater indication of 'the Bruno effect'?

Eric Boullier:
Yes, it's difficult to draw too much from one race alone (Spa), whether that's in terms of who is in the race seat or the effect of the upgrade package, but Monza should give us a clearer indication as to how things are going. Monza is always a difficult track because it requires a low downforce set-up; it has high speed corners and high speed straights. After the steps we made in Spa, I'm confident we will have a progressive weekend in Italy too.


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