In latest F1 news, McLaren Racing has appointed Jost Capito as their chief executive officer. 57-year-old Jost Capito was earlier the director of motorsport at Volkswagen Motorsport and was at the helm of affairs when VW’s rally team claimed the World Rally Championship title three consecutive times.
Prior to that, he also held senior positions at BMW, Porsche, Ford and Sauber F1. Winner of the truck category (1985) at the gruelling Paris-Dakar Rally, Jost Capito is also an endurance motorcycle and motocross racer. Jost Capito will now replace McLaren’s Jonathan Neale, who has now been appointed chief operating officer at McLaren Technology Group. Neale has been acting as the team’s CEO since 2014 when Martin Whitmarsh was sacked by Ron Dennis. McLaren boss Ron Dennis said, “Jonathan has done an excellent job as acting CEO of McLaren Racing – and that experience, together with the expertise he has attained in non-motorsport industry positions previously, makes him ideally suited to such an important new role at McLaren Technology Group. I first approached Jost last summer. He is an extremely impressive, competitive and ambitious individual, who comes to us with a very wide range of automotive and motorsport experience.” “From a motorsport perspective he has experience in not only the World Rally Championship but also sports cars, touring cars, motorcycle racing and Formula 1, about which he is hugely knowledgeable and infectiously passionate. I am certain that he will work extremely well with Eric and all at McLaren Racing, building on the very good work they have already done to take the McLaren-Honda programme forward towards grand prix victories and world championship successes,” he added. Here’s wishing him all the very best with his team for the 2016 season.