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Q&A - Eric Boullier, Lotus Renault GP

Eric Boullier gets set for Singapore
Q:
Reflecting on the Italian Grand Prix, how satisfied were you with the team's performance?

Eric Boullier:
In the race we had some bad luck from the word go; Vitaly was caught up in an incident but there was nothing he could do about it. It was a shame he didn't get the opportunity to demonstrate his strong pace because inevitably, from the position he lined up on the grid, we expected him to be right up amongst the points. The real positive to take away from Italy is the fact that the car is delivering more, which will allow our drivers to finish higher; both Vitaly and Bruno qualified for Q3 so that was very pleasing. It was satisfying to see Bruno have a good race after he had to avoid the cars involved in the crash at the first corner. His result will undoubtedly bring him some credibility.

Q:
How challenging has this season been from a management point of view? There have been a few issues to contend with but the team seems to have come out the other side…

Eric Boullier:
Well, it has been challenging. I cannot say all the challenges were enjoyable – going through the difficulties we had after Robert's crash was not easy – but overall I enjoy being tested with the issues that come my way, and tackling them in the best way I can for the team; overseeing these challenges is part of my job. There's certainly never a dull moment!

Q:
What do you think of the current balance of the team? You've got two contrasting drivers who seem to fit into the LRGP jigsaw well…

Eric Boullier:
I think they complement each other very well. It is beneficial for the team to have two different characters, who are very popular both in and out of the team.

Q:
Singapore is the only night race on the F1 calendar and usually serves up quite a treat – how much do F1 and this race need each other?

Eric Boullier:
Singapore has become one of the top events – everybody wants to be there and attend the Grand Prix. It is a great race with excellent organisation, and in the last couple of years it has become one of the most popular venues; the Singapore GP means business. It is exciting to have a night time race which allows us to keep our bodies in tune with BST and CET. Singapore has already established a reputation as one of the most popular locations with all the teams, and everyone loves having the F1 circus there because the people are so friendly and accommodating. Quite simply, everyone loves the Singapore Grand Prix.



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