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McLaren announce several organisational changes as new signing Sanchez leaves team

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McLaren have made another raft of changes to their technical department following the first three rounds of the 2024 season, with David Sanchez departing the organisation just a few months on from starting in his new role.

Former Ferrari aerodynamic specialist Sanchez was one of two key winter signings by McLaren, alongside ex-Red Bull technical wizard Rob Marshall, as the Woking team looked to build on their initial reshuffle last year.

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However, “following a number of discussions” over the job responsibilities, Sanchez has vacated his position as Technical Director, Car Concept & Performance, leading to a series of updates across the department.

In a press release, McLaren stated that the latest changes are “aimed at further strengthening and evolving the technical model”.

Following Sanchez’s exit, Marshall will assume the role of Chief Designer, Neil Houldey moves over to become Technical Director of Engineering, while Peter Prodromou will continue in his role as Technical Director of Aerodynamics.

McLaren added that the Concept and Performance department “will be streamlined to focus on performance” and will be led by the Technical Director of Performance – team boss Andrea Stella will assume this role in the interim until a permanent appointment is confirmed.

“This further step in the evolution of the structure of the Technical Department and of the working model within the team signify our commitment to constantly enhancing our technical capabilities and workflows for greater efficiency and effectiveness,” Stella explained.

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“Following thoughtful discussions between David Sanchez and the team leadership, the mutual decision has been taken for David to leave the team.

“Upon our joint reflection, it became apparent that the role, responsibilities, and ambitions associated with David’s position did not align with our original expectations when he agreed to join us in February 2023.

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“Recognising this misalignment, both David and I agreed that it would be best to part ways now, so to enable him to pursue other opportunities that will better leverage the full scale and breadth of his remarkable skillset.

“We greatly and gratefully value the contributions that David has made during his relatively short time with us, and we wish him the best in his future endeavours.”

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Sanchez added: “I am grateful for the opportunity to have been a part of this team. While the role we envisioned and had agreed to was not aligned with the reality of the position I found, I leave with respect for the leadership, admiration for the dedication of my colleagues, and appreciation for the openness and honesty in which we discussed and arrived at this decision.

“I wish this team continued success as it continues its journey to the front of the grid where it belongs. I look forward to my next challenge within F1.”

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