After only a matter of months in the job, it has been revealed that the former VW chief Jost Capito has stepped away from his role as McLaren Chief Executive Officer.
Capito was appointed by former McLaren boss Ron Dennis, who was said to be his ‘eyes and ears’ as the long standing chief was losing his grip on the team. The departure of Dennis therefore put a question mark over his role, with wide sweeping changes made within the team that made him look like an outsider alongside Jonathan Neale, Eric Boullier and new Executive Director Zak Brown.
After the departure of Dennis, Brown has implemented a number of changes within the team including what is rumoured to be a new colour scheme, and a confirmed new naming convention for the car making a move from the MP4- series first used in 1981.
As quoted in Motorsport.com, McLaren commented, “Jost Capito joined McLaren after four successful years at VW Motorsport, with a strong commitment to bringing success back to McLaren.
“He wanted to build again a winning team and fully focus on making the McLaren Formula 1 car competitive, with the aim of winning World Championships in coming years.
“Regrettably, we have not been able to find common ground with Jost with regard to what is and will be needed to make the team successful again.
“As a result, we have agreed that he will leave McLaren Racing and will now consider other opportunities. We wish him success in his future endeavours.”