McLaren confirms Jost Capito departure after five months

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McLaren has confirmed that racing CEO Jost Capito has left his role after five months.

Capito previously worked as Volkswagen’s motorsport director, leading the German marque to a string of World Rally Championship titles before completing his move to McLaren last summer.

Capito had been due to work under group CEO Ron Dennis, only for Dennis to resign from his role following a boardroom struggle at the end of last year.

Dennis’ departure put Capito’s future in doubt, and despite attempts to hold talks regarding future plans for the racing operation, McLaren confirmed on Tuesday that he had left the team.

“Jost Capito joined McLaren after four successful years at VW Motorsport, with a strong commitment to bringing success back to McLaren,” a spokesperson from McLaren said.

“He wanted to build again a winning team and fully focus on making the McLaren Formula 1 car competitive, with the aim of winning world championships in coming years.

“Regrettably, we have not been able to find common ground with Jost with regard to what is and will be needed to make the team successful again.

“As a result, we have agreed that he will leave McLaren Racing and will now consider other opportunities. We wish him success in his future endeavors.”

Capito’s departure is the latest change at Woking as McLaren continues to restructure its management.

Besides Dennis’ exit, American commercial expert Zak Brown joined the team in the role of executive director last December, tasked with turning the team’s fortunes around after almost a decade without a world title.