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2016-08-19 13:42

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

London - Jost Capito has confirmed he will soon start work at McLaren.

The German was actually signed up in January 2016 to become the Honda-powered team's new chief executive, but Capito said he would not vacate his current role at Volkswagen until a replacement is found.

Now, at the Rallye Deutschland, Capito has announced that the German round of the world rally championship will be his last at VW.

Leaving VW motorsport

Capito said: "Yes, I will stop at Volkswagen at the end of August." 

However, the Spanish sports newspaper Marca claims Capito, 57, could actually attend his first GP as McLaren CEO at Spa-Francorchamps on August 28 .

Luis Moya, famous for being former rally driver Carlos Sainz's co-driver and now a VW ambassador, would not be moved when asked who Capito's successor will be.

Moya said: "I have not heard anything at all, it's best that it is kept secret." 

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