Former McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh has officially left the Woking-based outfit, despite departing from his role with the team way back in January following Ron Dennis’ return as McLaren’s Group CEO. Throughout the following months, nothing was officially confirmed pertaining to Whitmarsh’s future.
However, eight months later and the partnership has finally been put to bed with Whitmarsh officially leaving McLaren following lengthy discussions with Ron Dennis during the last few months. Despite the uncertainty surrounding Whitmarsh’s position within the team after the management shake-up at the start of the year, the team were quick to sign further senior members to the team including Eric Boullier from Lotus.
“McLaren and Martin Whitmarsh have agreed amicably to part company,” confirmed a team spokesman to AUTOSPORT.
Despite this recent confirmation from the team pertaining to Whitmarsh’s departure, the Woking-based outfit remained extremely coy about the topic during the Belgian Grand Prix weekend last time out. After qualifying on the Saturday Boullier was questioned about Whitmarsh’s current employee status within the team, to which the Frenchman refused to elaborate.
“I won’t confirm anything, obviously it’s not my responsibility and I don’t think it does matter,” replied Boullier in a coy manner to the media present.
With Martin Whitmarsh now no longer in the picture at McLaren following the team’s confirmation on his departure, they will undoubtedly be striving to continue improving from a management perspective as well as an overall team.
During the Belgian Grand Prix weekend the team also confirmed that they will not be waiting until the end the season to confirm their 2015 driver line-up, with only several weeks possibly remaining before a decision is finally made.
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