McLaren racing director Eric Boullier says the team is finally ready to start reaping the rewards of its extensive restructuring effort.
The Woking-based squad has failed to win a race since the 2012 Brazilian Grand Prix, but welcomes back former engine partner Honda and double world champion Fernando Alonso for 2015.
Speaking at the launch of McLaren’s new Honda-powered MP4-30, Boullier says after a taxing year of restructuring, the team goes into 2015 ready to challenge at the front of the field again.
“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,” he said.
“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.”
While Boullier acknowledged that it will take time to return to winning ways, he is certain that McLaren, in partnership with Honda, can recreate its former success, the pair having won eight titles together between 1988 and 1992.
“For a team with such incredible heritage as McLaren, being able to build on our past successes is hugely important to us,” he explained.
“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,” he added.
“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.”
This article first appeared on Richland F1 – Image courtesy of McLaren