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Q&A - Eric Boullier, Lotus Renault GP

Eric Boullier prepares for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Q:
How would you summarise the team's performance at the inaugural Indian Grand Prix?

Eric Boullier:
It was a frustrating weekend because we had some performance and, at times, the car was delivering. As a result, this was not the end product we were looking for or expecting. We went into the weekend optimistic that it might be a track that would suit our car. What was most frustrating about the whole experience was that there were glimpses of performance. We did not deliver when it mattered, however, and that's at the very heart of our slightly underwhelming weekend. We were looking to the Sunday as a real opportunity to get some points in the basket, but it was not to be.

Q:
Looking to Abu Dhabi – how does it rank alongside other modern F1 events?

Eric Boullier:
Abu Dhabi is a very, very popular event and racing spectacle. To give you an example: we are absolutely jammed to the rafters in terms of the number of guests we have, and the interest we have received. It arrived on the calendar back in 2009 and since then it has acted as an extremely important race for the annual F1 circus. It brings motorsport to the United Arab Emirates in a big way. As I've said before, for the sport to be global it needs to plant its flag in many different parts of the world. Formula 1 has done that in Abu Dhabi and the race has been a massive success in the two years it has taken place as we saw at last year's season finale in which our very own Vitaly was heavily involved. From a team side of things, we expect to use the Abu Dhabi race weekend as an opportunity to secure our fifth place in the championship, and to secure as many points as possible.

Q:
The midfield competitiveness on the grid has increased in recent weeks…

Eric Boullier:
It has, yes. However, for a few races now it has been clear that our pace is better than these competitors. At times we have even matched the competitiveness of Mercedes. We know where we are in terms of pace, which is between fourth and fifth place on the grid and we just want to ensure we get to the end of the race weekend with some points to our name. That alone will solidify our position as the fifth best team on this year's grid. It is our only target now that we get our car up amongst the points and show people that this team is ready to launch its assault on next year's championship. For now, it's heads down and all eyes focussed on giving this team a result to be proud of in the UAE.


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10/2/2011- Eric Boullier (FRA), Team Manager, Renault F1 Team
Eric Boullier (FRA), Team Principal, Lotus Renault GP
24.03.2011- Eric Boullier (FRA), Team Manager, Renault F1 Team
16.04.2017 - Race, Eric Boullier (FRA) McLaren Racing Director
14.04.2017 - Free Practice 2, Eric Boullier (FRA) McLaren Racing Director
14.04.2017 - Free Practice 1, Eric Boullier (FRA) McLaren Racing Director and Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL) McLaren MCL32
14.04.2017 - Free Practice 1, Eric Boullier (FRA) McLaren Racing Director
14.04.2017 - Free Practice 1, Eric Boullier (FRA) McLaren Racing Director and Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL) McLaren MCL32
07.04.2017 - Free Practice 2, Eric Boullier (FRA) McLaren Racing Director
26.03.2017 - (L-R) Zak Brown (USA) McLaren Executive Director, Eric Boullier (FRA) McLaren Racing Director and Ross Brawn (GBR) Formula One Managing Director of Motorsports
25.03.2017 - Free Practice 3, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Haas F1 Team VF-17 and Eric Boullier (FRA) McLaren Racing Director
25.03.2017 - Eric Boullier (FRA) McLaren Racing Director and
25.03.2017 - Cyril Abiteboul (FRA) Renault Sport F1 Managing Director and Eric Boullier (FRA) McLaren Racing Director
25.03.2017 - Eric Boullier (FRA) McLaren Racing Director and Zak Brown (USA) McLaren Executive Director with Yusuke Hasegawa (JPN) Head of Honda F1 Programme
24.03.2017 - Free Practice 2, (L-R) Guenther Steiner (ITA) Haas F1 Team Prinicipal, Toto Wolff (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 Shareholder and Executive Director, Christian Horner (GBR), Red Bull Racing, Sporting Director and Eric Boullier (FRA) McLaren Racing Director
24.03.2017 - Free Practice 2, (L-R) Eric Boullier (FRA) McLaren Racing Director, Franz Tost, Scuderia Toro Rosso, Team Principal and Cyril Abiteboul (FRA) Renault Sport F1 Managing Director
24.03.2017 - Free Practice 2, Eric Boullier (FRA) McLaren Racing Director
24.03.2017 - Free Practice 2, (L-R) Maurizio Arrivabene (ITA) Ferrari Team Principal, Monisha Kaltenborn (AUT), CEO and Team Principal, Sauber F1 Team, Guenther Steiner (ITA) Haas F1 Team Prinicipal, Toto Wolff (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 Shareholder and Executive Director, Christian Horner (GBR), Red Bull Racing, Sporting Director, Eric Boullier (FRA) McLaren Racing Director, Franz Tost, Scuderia Toro Rosso, Team Principal and Cyril Abiteboul (FRA) Renault Sport F1 Managing Director

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