McLaren signs VW chief Capito to team

By on Thursday, January 14, 2016
McLaren Honda

McLaren Honda

McLaren Racing has confirmed the signing of Volkswagen Director of Motorsport Jost Capito as its new Chief Executive Officer.

Capito has assumed the role during Volkswagen's dominant period in the World Rally Championship but will switch to McLaren when his successor at the German manufacturer is appointed.

Capito's signing means that current acting CEO Jonathan Neale will become the new Chief Operating Officer at McLaren Technology Group, and both will work under Ron Dennis.

"I first approached Jost last summer," said Dennis. "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.

"I am therefore delighted to welcome Jost to McLaren, and I am certain that he will work extremely well with Eric [Boullier] 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."

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