McLaren F1 Team Revamps Management

McLaren F1 Team Revamps Management, Sanchez Departs


In a significant shuffle, McLaren’s F1 team announced organizational changes and the departure of David Sanchez.

As part of these changes, following extensive discussions, David Sanchez (in photo) has left the team, having joined only a few months ago from Ferrari.

As the team continues its relentless pursuit of world championship titles, a number of management structure evolutions aimed at strengthening and further evolving the technical model were announced.

  • Rob Marshall will take on the role of Chief Designer
  • Neil Houldey will become Technical Director – Engineering
  • Peter Prodromou will retain his role as Technical Director – Aerodynamics
  • The Concept and Performance department will be streamlined to focus on Performance, headed by the Technical Director – Performance. Andrea Stella will assume this role on an interim basis until a permanent appointment is confirmed to replace Sanchez.

“This new phase in the evolution of the technical department’s structure and working model within the team signifies our commitment to constantly improving our technical capabilities and workflows for greater efficiency and effectiveness,” commented Andrea Stella, McLaren F1 Team Director.

“After thorough discussions between David Sanchez and the team’s management, the mutual decision was made for David to leave the team. Upon reflection, it became clear that the role, responsibilities, and ambitions associated with David’s position did not match our initial expectations when he agreed to join us in February 2023.”

“Aware of this misalignment, David and I agreed it would be best to part ways now, to allow him to pursue other opportunities that could better utilize the full scope and breadth of his remarkable skills. We greatly appreciate and are grateful for the contributions David made during his relatively short time with us, and we wish him the best in his future endeavors.”

David Sanchez stated, “I am thankful for the opportunity to have been a part of this team.”

“While the role we envisioned and accepted did not match 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 with which we discussed and came to this decision.”

“I wish the team ongoing success as it continues its journey to the front of the grid, where it belongs. I look forward to my next challenge within F1.”

McLaren F1 Team Revamps Management

McLaren F1 Team Revamps Management, Sanchez Departs. McLaren F1 Team Revamps Management, Sanchez Departs


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