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McLaren F1 team officially splits with Jost Capito

Alonso Capito McLaren F1 2016

McLaren has officially parted ways with its CEO Jost Capito, just months after he joined the Formula 1 team.

Capito left his previous position as head of Volkwagen's motorsport efforts to join McLaren and work alongside bosses Eric Boullier and Jonathan Neale.

His first official race was at last year's Italian Grand Prix and he was regularly in the team garage.

However, Capito's future was thrown into doubt when McLaren chairman Ron Dennis, who signed him last January, was forced out of his role at the end of last year.

The signing of Zak Brown as McLaren's new executive director prompted a chance for McLaren to evaluate its overall strategy, resulting in a parting of ways with Capito.

A McLaren spokesman told Autosport: "Jost Capito joined McLaren after four successful years at VW Motorsport, with a strong commitment to bringing success back to McLaren.

"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 endeavours."

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