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2016-01-15 09:30

NEW HEAD OF MCLAREN RACING: Ex-Volkswagen motorsport boss Jost Capito (R) pictured in this file photograph, has been appointed as McLaren Racing CEO. Image: AFP / Alfredo Estrella

Paris, France - McLaren has appointed Volkswagen's director of motorsport Jost Capito to be the F1 team's new chief executive officer, it was announced on Thursday (January 14 2016).

Capito, 57, will replace acting CEO of McLaren Racing Jonathan Neale, who was appointed chief operating officer of McLaren Technology Group, after the team's woeful 2015 season.

Disappointing 2015 F1 campaign

Both will work closely with McLaren's racing director Eric Boullier, whose position is to "remain unchanged", a statement from the British team added.

McLaren, despite featuring former world champions Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button, finished ninth in the 10-team constructors' championship in 2015, their worst campaign in 35 years.

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