Mayer appointed Manor F1 CEO, promises ‘unconventional and innovative approach’

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Former Renault Formula 1 chief operating officer Thomas Mayer will join Manor Racing as CEO on August 1.

Manor has undergone a managerial shake-up in recent months following the departures of sporting director Graeme Lowdon and president John Booth at the end of last season.

Manor owner Stephen Fitzpatrick brought in ex-McLaren manager Dave Ryan earlier in the year, and has now further strengthened his senior leadership with the appointment of Mayer.

“This is a time of growth and development for Manor Racing,” Fitzpatrick said.

“We’ve been pushing hard to get the team back on track – figuratively and literally – and our recent point-scoring performance in the Austrian Grand Prix shows that we’re making progress.

“Thomas will bring people together and help us focus clearly to accelerate improvement. He brings highly relevant F1 business experience, as well as a strong engineering background, and he shares our passion to succeed and challenger spirit.

“I’m delighted that he has agreed to join the team to spearhead our longer term strategy.”

Mayer had worked at Enstone since 2012, enjoying the role of chief operating officer with Lotus before Renault’s takeover at the end of last year. However, he is now relishing a new challenge with Manor.

“I am excited to join Manor Racing, a team with the capability to fight for points and push the boundaries,” Mayer said.

“I am looking forward to making the name Manor Racing synonymous with an unconventional and innovative approach to achieving performance.”