Gil De Ferran’s appointment as Sporting Director of McLaren Racing with immediate affect is an interesting move from the McLaren board at a time when the company is looking to diversify their racing interests.

It was announced earlier tosay that Eric Boullier has resigned from the outfit with De Ferran taking over.

The Brazilian who won the 2003 Indianapolis 500 with Team Penske returns to Formula One havong spent time with the Honda F1 Team a number of years ago.

McLaren CEO Zak Brown helped the team return to the Indianapolis 500 last year with Fernando Alonso and the help of Andretti Autosport.

The team have held exploitative talk with IndyCar in recent months and Paddock Eye understands that the restructuring at McLaren will have no impact on their IndyCar programme as this is something that the McLaren board are extremely serious about pursuing and installing De Ferran as Sporting Director may see the team run a IndyCar towards the end of the season.

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