Whitmarsh’s future with McLaren remains unclear

Martin Whitmarsh with Ron Dennis

Martin Whitmarsh with Ron Dennis

A week before the Formula 1 circus gathers in Melbourne for the 2014 opener, the fate of McLaren Team Principal Martin Whitmarsh is still not clear.

Team supremo Ron Dennis has replaced Whitmarsh as McLaren Group Chief Executive, Eric Boullier is effectively the new Team Principal, and it is believed that 55-year-old Whitmarsh is not in the running to fill the newly-created role as Formula 1 CEO.

Whitmarsh was the Chairman of the now-disbanded teams association FOTA, and he has not been mentioned in any of McLaren’s pre-season press releases in the run into the 2014 season.

Jonathan Neale is currently listed as McLaren’s ‘acting CEO’, and Whitmarsh’s absence is conspicuous as the Woking team lists only Neil Oatley, Tim Goss, Sam Michael, Simon Roberts and David Redding in the management section on its official website.

Still, McLaren is saying nothing about Whitmarsh’s status.

“For the moment there’s nothing to report,” a spokesman said. “As and when there may be any further developments, we’ll let you know.” (GMM)

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  • McLarenfan

    Sam Michael should go and Martin stay even in a non permanent track side roll.

  • karlich

    Elsewhere was reported that Whitmarsh is currently on holiday and will be sorting out his severance package upon his return later this month. Ron Dennis was quoted saying the “company was unfit and I said to them that if they match my commitment we
    will win. If they don’t match that they won’t be with the company.” Though he declined to comment on Whitmarsh, his usual feisty self, leaves little doubt that we won’t be seeing much of Whitmarsh no more. Shame, he is truly charismatic I think.

  • RBC

    How many times did Whitmarsh say he was confident in his role and the support he got from the team? Losing Lewis and signing Perez were two unforgivable mistakes. Plus totally redesigning a race winning car a year before a total rule change.