McLaren appoint Jost Capito as new head of F1

McLaren have recruited former Volkswagen motorsport boss Jost Capito as the new overall head of their Formula 1 programme. He will be appointed chief executive officer of McLaren Racing, reporting to chairman Ron Dennis.

Capito will join at an unspecified date to be agreed between McLaren and VW. Jonathan Neale, who had been in that role following the sacking of Martin Whitmarsh in early 2014, has been moved out of the racing department.

Neale will be chief operating officer of the McLaren Technology Group. McLaren are aiming to improve their form in 2016 after a dismal first season of their renewed relationship with engine partner Honda last year, in which they finished ninth of 10 teams in the championship.

Despite having arguably the best driver line-up in F1 with former champions Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button, their best result was a fifth place in the Hungarian Grand Prix by Alonso.

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