Cape Town - New McLaren sporting director Gil de Ferran has given his
first impressions on what needs to change in order to make the Woking team
De Ferran's arrival at McLaren was part of a staff overhaul
with racing director Eric Boullier resigning and replaced by a three-man
organisation at the top of the chain of command.
De Ferran began his new role on July and, after his first
race weekend in the hot seat, identified the areas where McLaren need to
"I think Zak [Brown] actually outlined the whole thing
really well," De Ferran told The Checkered Flag.
"We need to communicate more and bring some more
clarity into the organisation, and I don’t disagree there at all.
"For the little time I’ve been in there the one thing
is clear to me is that the place is full of very bright, very motivated people,
they care a lot about what they do and care a lot about the success of the
"I’m just getting myself integrated and trying to pull
everyone in the right direction."
The future of superstar driver Fernando Alonso is also set
to rumble on over the summer, but De Ferran would not be drawn on whether he
will sign a contract extension into the 2019 season.
"Fernando I think is one of the best drivers in
history, not only in Formula 1 but globally," added De Ferran.
"Working with him has been a massive pleasure, he’s a
great guy to work with as well and everyone up and down the team not only love
him but has a huge amount of respect for him so he’s definitely a major asset
for the team."