McLaren confirms Jost Capito's exit

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Jost Capito has left his position as McLaren Racing CEO after just five months at the F1 team.

Capito came to McLaren from Volkswagen's rally team and was made CEO of McLaren Racing by former group CEO Ron Dennis. The deal was struck in January last year, but Capito remained at Volkswagen until the start of September in order to ensure the German manufacturer took the WRC title.

It was not entirely clear how Capito would fit into McLaren's management structure when he finally joined and his position became even less clear in mid-November when Dennis was ousted as group CEO by his fellow board members. But it was not until Tuesday, just over five months since he joined, that the team confirmed his departure.

"Jost Capito joined McLaren after four successful years at VW Motorsport, with a strong commitment to bringing success back to McLaren," a McLaren team spokesman said. "He wanted to build again a winning team and fully focus on making the McLaren Formula One car competitive, with the aim of winning world championships in coming years.

"Regrettably, we have not been able to find common ground with Jost with regard to what is and will be needed to make the team successful again. As a result, we have agreed that he will leave McLaren Racing and will now consider other opportunities. We wish him success in his future endeavours."

Post-Dennis, McLaren is being run by executive director Zak Brown and COO Jonathan Neale, who both report to an executive committee of the group's shareholders. Eric Boullier remains as racing director.