29 January 2015
McLaren F1 2015 Launch: McLaren focused on fulfilling potential – Boullier
Eric Boullier promises that McLaren will fulfil its potential through its new exclusive working relationship with returning engine supplier Honda.
Eric Boullier says McLaren is committed to returning to the level of success it has experienced in the past, saying its new collaboration with Honda will bring out the best in the team.
On the day McLaren launched its MP4-30 – which heralds the return of Honda to the sport as its engine supplier -, Boullier says he believes the team has never been stronger, despite an indifferent 2014 campaign when it finished fifth overall.
Indeed, Boullier firmly believes the decision to join forces with Honda – having won four F1 titles together between 1988 and 1991 – is key to its quest of returning to winning ways having now gone six seasons without a championship win.
“The start of the 2015 season is actually the culmination of a period of great change, and change for the better, plus a huge amount of hard work from everyone in our team.
“It's almost a year since I arrived in Woking, and, together with Ron and Jonathan [Neale, Chief Operating Officer, McLaren Racing], began an extensive restructure within McLaren Racing. We're now seeing the benefits of that extensive restructure, and the result is a strengthened, skilled and efficient team, characterised by undimmed commitment from everyone throughout our organisation.
“For a team with such incredible heritage as McLaren, being able to build on our past successes is hugely important to us. It'll take time to attain the levels of success we aspire to, but you may rest assured that, in concert with Honda, we are totally focused on fulfilling the potential of our exciting new partnership.
“I firmly believe that our team is stronger than ever, and that it's in the best possible position to push the development of the MP4-30 forward. Progress is our purpose, and we've seen firm evidence of that from the very beginning of our renewed relationship. We acknowledge that our journey will require a huge amount of hard work, dedication and application from everyone involved, in both Woking and Sakura, but we're ready and committed to building on the foundations we've already established in order eventually to enjoy the results we crave.
“McLaren and Honda are completely integrated and united in our purpose, and we share a fantastic sense of optimism: that together, in time, we'll create another legacy of success.”
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