Interesting passing comment by Bouillier on FA:
How political is he actually?
How could Boullier know? He never worked with Alonso - hey, he even wasn't part of the F1 world before he took over Renault! By that time Alonso had already left the team, and Boullier was trying to make sure that all the blame on the Singapore scandal was removed from what was left of the team and placed solely on those who left - none of whom he had worked with.
Now, if you read the whole article he attacks Alonso to justify why he (Boullier) fired Grosjean when he took over Renault (Grosjean "did not perform" and was "destroyed" after his stance at Renault) and hence to justify why it is a good move for him, Boullier, to bring Grosjean back now. Interestingly, his comments are quite different to what Grosjean himself, or even Piquet Sr, said about his relationship with Alonso. But hey, we are sure that Boullier knows better despite never having been around the Renault box at that time ;) http://www.thenation...-grosjean#page2
"Grosjean enjoys a close relationship with Alonso: the pair live nearby in Switzerland and catch up whenever they have the opportunity away from race weekends.
And Grosjean was quick to praise the Spaniard for his role in easing him into the team. He said: "He is a great champion - maybe the best driver in Formula One and it's a great opportunity for me to work with him for the rest of the season. We get on well and we meet up when we're both free and he says I can ask him anything if I have any questions or need advice."
By the way, I need to confirm this point but I have read on BBC Sport that Grosjean is now managed by Boullier. D'Ambrosio was managed by Boullier too when he got the role of third driver at Renault in 2010. Now which other Renault manager had the tendency to give driving seats to the guys he managed?
To me Boullier simply seems to have joined the wagon of those blaming Alonso for everything under the sun... while trying to present himself in the nicest light possible. But I don't buy it ;)
Edited by Fontainebleau, 09 February 2012 - 10:34.