JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA, Spain, Jan 29, 2014 (AFP) - Former Lotus team principal Eric Boullier has been appointed as the new racing director of McLaren, the British team announced on Wednesday.
Boullier had been widely tipped for a role in newly appointed chief executive officer Ron Dennis's overhaul at McLaren since resigning from his position at Lotus last week.
Dennis, who guided McLaren to 10 world drivers' and seven constructors' titles whilst in charge of the team from 1982 to 2009, ousted Martin Whitmarsh to retake control of the team two weeks ago.
Whitmarsh is now also expected to be dismissed of his role as team principal after overseeing McLaren's worst season in over 30 years in 2013 as they failed to make the podium once in 19 races.
"First of all, I regard this appointment as an honour, a priviledge and a wonderful opportunity," Boullier said in a statement released by the team.
"The McLaren Racing workforce and the facilities at the McLaren Technology Centre are world-class, and I'm hugely excited about the prospect of joining such an outstanding team."
Boullier will report to Dennis, with a new intermediary position of chief executive officer of McLaren Racing also to be appointed shortly.
Until such time as an appointment has been made, the team confirmed that chief operating officer, Jonathan Neale, will be acting in that position.
"Eric's appointment is an integral part of a senior management restructure within McLaren Racing," Dennis said.
"I'm firmly of the belief that, once McLaren Racing's restructured senior management team has been assembled, we'll begin the march back to full competitiveness, quickly and professionally, harnessing the fantastic depth oftalent within our organisation."