The McLaren Racing Formula One Team announced on Tuesday that they had made some changes to their technical department following the departure of David Sanchez, who joined the Woking-based outfit three months ago.

Amongst the changes announced today are the following:

  • Rob Marshall will assume the role of Chief Designer
  • Neil Houldey will move to be Technical Director – Engineering
  • Peter Prodromou will continue in his role as Technical Director – Aerodynamics
    The Concept and Performance department will be streamlined to focus on Performance and will be led by the Technical Director – Performance. Andrea Stella will assume this role in the interim until a permanent appointment is confirmed.

Andrea Stella, Team Principal, McLaren F1, said:

“This further step in the evolution of the structure of the Technical Department and of the working model within the team signify our commitment to constantly enhancing our technical capabilities and workflows for greater efficiency and effectiveness.

“Following thoughtful discussions between David Sanchez and the Team Leadership, the mutual decision has been taken for David to leave the team. Upon our joint reflection, it became apparent that the role, responsibilities, and ambitions associated with David’s position did not align with our original expectations when he agreed to join us in February 2023. Recognising this misalignment, both David and I agreed that it would be best to part ways now, so to enable him to pursue other opportunities that will better leverage the full scale and breadth of his remarkable skillset. We greatly and gratefully value the contributions that David has made during his relatively short time with us, and we wish him the best in his future endeavours.”

David Sanchez added:

“I am grateful for the opportunity to have been a part of this team. While the role we envisioned and had agreed to was not aligned with the reality of the position I found, I leave with respect for the leadership, admiration for the dedication of my colleagues, and appreciation for the openness and honesty in which we discussed and arrived at this decision. I wish this team continued success as it continues its journey to the front of the grid where it belongs. I look forward to my next challenge within F1.”

The announcement comes as the McLaren team prepare for this weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix at the Suzuka circuit.

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