McLaren has hired Jost Capito to be the new chief executive officer of its racing arm.
The timing of Capito?s move will be announced later this year. He is currently in charge of Volkswagen?s racing operations.
Capito will work alongside Eric Boullier who remains McLaren?s racing director. The team has also announced acting McLaren Racing CEO Jonathan Neale has been made the chief operating officer of McLaren Technology Group.
CEO Ron Dennis said Capito was first approached in the middle of last year. ?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 One, about which he is hugely knowledgeable and infectiously passionate.?
?I am therefore delighted to welcome Jost to McLaren, and I am certain that he will work extremely well with Eric and all at McLaren Racing, building on the very good work they have already done to take the McLaren-Honda programme forward towards grand prix victories and world championship successes.?
Volkswagen said Capito will ?leave the company by mutual agreement during the course of this year?.
?The three World Rally Championship titles with the Polo R WRC represent the greatest sporting achievements in the history of the Volkswagen brand and underscore the technical competence of our company,? said Volkswagen board member Frank Welsch. ?With his transparent and far-sighted leadership, Jost Capito has been instrumental in this success.?
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