Sam Michael to leave McLaren at year’s end


McLaren has confirmed Sam Michael, the team’s sporting director, will leave at year’s end.

Michael, 43, resigned in March in order to return home to his native Australia and spend more time with his family. Adam Cooper reported in his blog that a team source says that was “reluctantly accepted” by Ron Dennis.

Michael’s F1 career has spanned more than 20 years dating to 1993, working with the Lotus, Jordan, Williams and McLaren teams.

McLaren continues in a period of change with Eric Boullier in his first full year as racing director and of course, the team waiting to confirm its driver pairing for 2015 with the new Honda power units.

Michael entered under the Martin Whitmarsh-led administration; noteworthy here is that both are now out of the team’s future plans.

McLaren has grown its lead for fifth place over Force India in the Constructor’s Championship in recent Grands Prix.