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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.”

NBCSN will present ‘Race and Sports in America: Conversations’ Monday

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With motor racing reckoning with its own issues of diversity and equality, “Race and Sports in America: Conversations” will tackle the topics of social justice with several athletes. The show will air at 8 p.m. ET Monday, July 13 on NBCSN, Golf Channel, Olympic channel and on regional sports networks.

The roundtable discussions will be hosted by Damon Hack and feature Charles Barkley, Steph Curry, Jimmy Rollins and Ozzie Smith in one segment. The other segment will include Kyle Rudolph, Anthony Lynn, Troy Mullins and James Blake.

Race has been a major topic in motorsports this year.

NASCAR banned the Confederate flag at its race after lobbying by Bubba Wallace, the only Black driver in the premier Cup Series. In Formula One, six-time series champion Lewis Hamilton has joined Black Lives Matter marches in London and also formed a panel on diversity. The lone Black driver in F1 also led 14 of 20 drivers taking a knee before the season opener in Austria.