Fernando Alonso played down his role in shaping the management changes at McLaren following Eric Boullier’s resignation as racing director this week.
McLaren’s decision to allow Alonso to skip the Monaco Grand Prix last year and the presence of his Kimoa clothing brand appears on the car points to his importance to the team. The promotion of Alonso’s former race engineer Andrea Stella to the role of performance director prompted further speculation about the two-times world champion’s influence.
“If Zak [Brown, McLaren Racing CEO] thinks that there are other people now doing different jobs in the team it’s because he thinks that’s the best thing to do.
“I trust 100% Zak, I trusted 100% Eric, I trust always the bosses because they are the ones that have all the information.”
Alonso said he was only told about the planned changes and did not influence them any more than his team mate had.
“I wasn’t consulted I was informed about all the changes and all the new possibilities, as Stoffel [Vandoorne] had been informed.
“Obviously I had more experience with Andrea than Zak, who only know Andrea for one year long. He wanted my opinion and how I see also Gil. But obviously he knows Gil for 20 years and I know Gil for one year so he knows much more than me in terms of what possibilities and what scenarios may make Gil come into play.
“I fully trust whatever decision and just moving forward the most important thing is to improve the car and to be more competitive and hopefully from this weekend we’ll see a step forward.”
Alonso paid tribute to Boullier, who has left the team following a four-and-a-half year spell.
“I think we have to say thanks for all the effort and all the years here. His decision was to leave and I’m sure that the team will move forward in the best possibilities and we will keep moving forward.”
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