Alonso denies any role in McLaren management changes

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"Of course, Zak wanted to know my opinion of Andrea and Gil, but I fully respect any of their decisions".

The team announced a reshuffle of its management on Wednesday, which included the resignation of racing director Eric Boullier - triggered by McLaren's disappointing season.

"In the last 11 days we raced three times, so the performance and the power shouldn't be too different to what we saw in the last couple of weeks, which means tomorrow it's going to be tight in the midfield". We're going to have good and bad weekends ahead but we're not going to quit. "The third DRS zone probably gives us an opportunity to race as well, and the weather is great, so I think we have all the ingredients to see a good race". "I think everyone needs to recognise that".

McLAREN have replaced sporting director Eric Boullier with former Cart champion and Indy 500 victor Gil de Ferran.

'We need to simplify to speed up the decision-making process and my job is to put that pace into the organisation, get the right leadership in place and get on with getting back to where McLaren should be.

However, in a recent press conference at Silverstone racing track, McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown revealed that Boullier's departure had been planned in order for the team to have a fresh start.

Brown said that Andrea Stella will be in charge on race weekends.

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"I don't want to make predictions, that has got us into trouble in the past so I don't want to repeat some of the mistakes we've made".

Asked what the target was for the rest of this campaign, Brown said: 'We're in a pretty big fight for fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh, all the teams are close there.

"I think we have to be very realistic and honest with ourselves, with our fans, with you, to say that this is going to be a journey".

McLaren team boss Eric Boullier resigned from his post on Thursday and leaves a question mark surrounding team structure and Fernando Alonso's future. We closed a little bit of the gap to Renault, but the gap more closed on us from behind, so I think that's got to be the goal.

"I believe has a racer instinct".

"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 maybe Gil can come into play".

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