Ex-McLaren Formula 1 chief Eric Boullier is happy to have found a role away from the paddock with his new French GP position.
The Frenchman returned to the Formula 1 paddock on Tuesday, at the start of the second pre-season test, his first appearance since resigning as McLaren’s racing director last summer.
After taking on the role of strategic advisor and global ambassador for the French Grand Prix, Boullier spoke of his excitement to work with the people who, alongside himself, had been part of the race’s origins.
“So, when they called me and asked if I wanted to re-join, to continue the story, that was something I wanted to consider,” he told Motorsport.com.
“[I was not] desperate to stay in the paddock, to find another job in the paddock. I’ve done it for nine years in F1, 22 years in racing. Actually, I started when I was nine years old.
“It’s not that I’ve done everything, but why not? Maybe I can come back one day. I think at that stage of my career I wanted to focus on maybe something different.
“And I can guarantee you, there’s life outside the paddock.”
The French GP, held at Circuit Paul Ricard, returned to Formula 1 in 2018, and Boullier explained how his role will tie into the event moving forward.
“My role is to try to bring connection and clarity between all the parties and actors – the teams, drivers, Formula One Management,” he explained.
“It’s important to have a dialogue with them.
“There are various business models for promoters, so we just want to make the one we have [suitable] for the future just to guarantee the long-term success.”