Capito set to join McLaren after F1 summer break

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TURIN, Italy – Current Volkswagen director of motorsport Jost Capito has confirmed that he will join McLaren following Formula 1’s summer break in August.

Capito has headed up Volkswagen’s motorsport interests since 2012, leading the German marque to three successive FIA World Rally Championship titles.

McLaren announced in February that Capito would be joining in the role of CEO for its racing arm at some point during the 2016 season.

Speaking to reporters in Turin at the FIA Sport Conference on Tuesday, Capito confirmed that he now has a rough idea of when he will join the team.

“This year,” he confirmed.

“It will be the end of August, beginning of September, something around that region.”

This means that Capito will be in place at McLaren around the Belgian Grand Prix on August 28, with his last event at Volkswagen set to be Rally Germany.

Capito’s arrival does not mark his first foray into F1, having previously worked at Sauber as Chief Operating Officer.

“When you come in the paddock you still see the same faces, just older,” Capito said.

“But I don’t see that because I’m older too! I don’t see a lot of changing; of course the cars change, the technology changes, but it’s still Formula 1.”

NEOM McLaren Formula E announces Jake Hughes will join Rene Rast for 2023 season

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Doubling down on their commitment to electric auto sports, McLaren Racing announced Jake Hughes will join Rene Rast to compete in the 2023 Formula E Series (FE), which completes their driver lineup.

The NEOM McLaren FE team was formed by the acquisition of the Mercedes-EQ Formula E team that won the 2021 and 2022 championships with Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries behind the wheel.

“Today’s announcement feels like a long time coming,” said Ian James, managing director of NEOM McLaren Electric Racing in a release. “Since May this year, when we first announced McLaren Racing’s entry into Formula E, we have been working tirelessly to get in place the best possible team and structure for sustainable success.

“On the one hand, we have been working on the retention of the amazing talent that already was in place before going into the transitional phase. I’m proud to say I think we’ve done a great job on that front.

“On the other hand, we have been focusing on putting in place new processes and new talent – and the latter includes the drivers.”

The driver lineup clasps the two hands together.

Hughes brings 10 years racing experience in single seater cars, including a role with the acquired Mercedes-EQ team as a reserve and development driver for the past two seasons. He is the 2013 BRDC Formula 4 champion and has multiple wins in Formula 2, including two in 2020.

 

Announced in August, Rast joins the team after earning two podium finishes and six top-fives in 22 career Formula E starts for Audi Sport ABT before returning to the DTM Series last year. Rast’s best finish in Formula E came in the Puebla E Prix when he finished second to teammate Lucas di Grassi by less than a half second.

McLaren’s commitment to Formula E comes one year after they entered the Extreme E rally series in 2022 with Tanner Foust and Emma Gilmour in the driver lineup. After a modest start to the season, the McLaren XE drivers crossed the finish line first in Round 4 in Chile, but were assessed a time penalty that dropped them to fifth. Last week in the season finale in Uruguay, they held onto a hard-earned second place finish.