New boss for McLaren F1

New boss for McLaren F1

Jost Capito joins McLaren as new COO.

McLaren F1 has announced a new Chief Operating Officer, confirming Jost Capito will join the team in the role Jonathan Neale had been filling.

Capito joins McLaren from Volkswagen, where he was the German company’s director of motorsport.

His new role will see him working closely with racing director Eric Boullier, with both reporting directly to McLaren boss Ron Dennis.

“I first approached Jost last summer,” Dennis explained.

“He is an extremely impressive, competitive and ambitious individual, who comes to us with a very wide range of automotive and motorsport experience, encompassing senior positions at BMW, Porsche, Ford, Sauber and, since 2012, Volkswagen, leading the latter company’s World Rally Championship team to consecutive world titles in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

“From a motorsport perspective he has experience in not only the World Rally Championship but also Sports Cars, Touring Cars, Motorcycle Racing and Formula 1, about which he is hugely knowledgeable and infectiously passionate.”

Currently there is no start date for Capito, who will remain with Volkswagen until his replacement is found.

Meanwhile Neale has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer of McLaren Technology Group.

“After 15 years in senior roles within McLaren Racing, most recently as COO and acting CEO, I am excited to be moving up to take on a wider remit, working directly with Ron to assist his leadership of McLaren Technology Group,” said Neale.

“I have enjoyed my time at McLaren Racing, and will of course remain closely involved in supporting Jost’s and Eric’s efforts to optimise the future success of the McLaren-Honda programme.”

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