Former Lotus boss Boullier joins McLaren

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By Alan Baldwin

JEREZ, Spain (Reuters) - Former Lotus Formula One team principal Eric Boullier is joining McLaren in the newly created role of Racing Director, with Ron Dennis in overall control.

McLaren said in a statement released during pre-season testing in Spain that the Frenchman would start work at Woking on February 3.

The team said Boullier would report to a yet-to-be-appointed

McLaren Racing Chief Executive Officer, who would in turn answer to group chairman, shareholder and former principal Dennis.

Jonathan Neale will fill the chief executive officer role temporarily. There was no mention in the statement of Martin Whitmarsh, who was team principal last season but has been ousted by Dennis.

"I regard this appointment as an honor, a privilege and a wonderful opportunity," said Boullier, who has been replaced at troubled Lotus by co-chairman Gerard Lopez, in the statement.

The Frenchman, who managed to keep Lotus on an even keel last season despite mounting financial problems, said he was "hugely excited" at the prospect of working for the former champions.

"I'm both eager and determined to play an active part... within a new operational structure, to bring about the changes that will deliver success," he said.   Continued...

Lotus Formula One team principal Eric Boullier attends a news conference following the second practice session of the Australian F1 Grand Prix at the Albert Park circuit in Melbourne March 16, 2012. REUTERS/Brandon Malone