Former McLaren and Lotus team boss Eric Boullier has joined the organising team behind the Formula 1 French Grand Prix.

Boullier resigned from his role as racing director at McLaren last July following reports of unrest in the Woking-based team and will step away from F1 team management to work for the French Grand Prix organisers.

Boullier has been appointed the dual role of Strategic Adviser and global ambassador for his home nation’s F1 race which returned to the calendar last year.

“I am delighted to welcome Eric Boullier to the French Grand Prix organisation,” Christian Estrosi, President of the GIP Grand Prix de France - Le Castellet, said. “During his 20 years in the sport, he has been a driving force in the development of every team he has worked with.

“Eric has advanced technical and sporting knowledge, a unique experience, and I have already benefited greatly from his advice and expertise during our working group for the return of the French Grand Prix.”

Boullier, who first entered F1 team management in 2010 with Renault, is relishing his new role to help improve the French Grand Prix ahead of its second year back on the race calendar.

“I am happy and proud to have the opportunity to collaborate again with the French Grand Prix organisation,” Boullier said. “I attach particular importance to this French Grand Prix and I look forward to contributing to the success of this major motor sport event.

“I thank Christian Estrosi for his trust and I am delighted to bring him my experience and my determination.”