Former McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh returns to F1 with Aston Martin
Former McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh returns to Formula 1 in a new role with Aston Martin – and says he is “totally convinced” that the British team can become a winning team.
Whitmarsh became one of the sport’s greatest figures during his 25 years with McLaren, eventually succeeding Ron Dennis as team manager in 2008. He has worked with many of the most famous drivers in the world. team and helped win world championship titles with Ayrton Senna, Mika Hakkinen and Lewis Hamilton.
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He left McLaren in 2014 and has since worked outside of sport, but will now return to F1 as Group General Manager of Aston Martin Performance Technologies, a role that will oversee the constructor’s Formula 1 team, as well as ways to use the brand’s technical know-how in other industries.
He said: “I have known and admired Lawrence [Stroll, Aston Martin Executive Chairman] for many years, and I have always been extremely impressed with his tremendous business acumen and seemingly inexhaustible ambition.
Likewise, I have always respected ‘the Silverstone team’, if I may call it that, who have often hit above their weight under their various previous incarnations, and who now have the weight with which to hit more. stronger than ever.
“Lawrence intends Aston Martin to win the Formula 1 World Championships, outright, and I would not have joined him in this endeavor unless I was totally convinced that it was an absolute goal. fact achievable.
“I know what it takes to win in Formula 1, and, inspired by Lawrence’s leadership and supported by the skills, passion and determination of the team, I intend to do whatever I can. can to make sure our team becomes the winning operation that Lawrence is determined he should be.
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“Last but not least, I am very excited about the formation of the new Aston Martin Performance Technologies, and I am excited about the prospect of developing and applying our technical capabilities and intellectual property as a new successful and profitable company. “
Stroll added, “Martin will take on senior leadership responsibilities and assist and support me in setting the new strategic direction for Aston Martin Performance Technologies and its subsidiaries, including the crucial objective of leading the transformation of Aston Martin into a Formula 1 world champion organization over the next four to five years and turn it into a billion pound company over a similar period.
“Martin has enjoyed a long, successful and high-level career spanning the motorsport, automotive, aerospace, marine and renewable energy sectors. In addition, he is a proven winner in Formula 1. He is therefore the ideal person to work with me and our management team to lead and inspire our staff towards future success on and off the track.
Team principal Otmar Szafnauer said Whitmarsh’s arrival should allow him to fully focus his efforts on the racing team.
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“Our ambitions are to win in everything we do and, despite the growing reach and future growth of our off-road business, our focus on winning in Formula 1 remains intact,” he said. “Martin’s arrival will allow me to devote 100% of my energies to making Aston Martin a winning machine.
Whitmarsh will begin her new role next month.