Eric Boullier: No time frame for Jost Capito’s arrival at McLaren

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McLaren racing director Eric Boullier has confirmed that there is no fixed time frame for current Volkswagen motorsport chief Jost Capito to join the team.

As part of an ongoing restructuring and reorganization at McLaren, the team announced back in January that Capito would be leaving his role of director of motorsport at Volkswagen to become its new racing CEO this year.

No time frame was fixed in the initial announcement, with Capito continuing to work closely with Volkswagen in the meantime.

When asked by MotorSportsTalk if there was a set time for Capito to make the move over, Boullier confirmed that nothing had yet been firmed up.

“No, I don’t think there is a date yet. Maybe in the middle of the year, but I don’t know when,” Boullier said.

The Frenchman believes that Capito’s experience will prove invaluable in aiding McLaren’s ongoing drive to move up the grid, having endured a miserable 2015 season.

“The thing is that it’s based on experience,” Boullier said. “We would need anyway some improvement in this package, performance package, especially with Honda. I guess McLaren always we need to be better.

“I think most of the job has been done, but it’s more about the global, let’s say, co-ordination, at maybe a higher political level where I think Jost could bring a bunch of experience.”

Boullier was also asked what impact the departure of Honda head of motorsport Yasuhisa Arai will have on McLaren, and although he remained coy, he said it was inevitable that things would be different working with the incoming Yusuke Hasegawa.

“Well it’s still early days, but I guess everybody at this level of seniority may have his own way of dealing with the programme and the project, so we can expect different way of dealing with it,” Boullier said.