McLaren have reshuffled their technical leadership team, with executive technical director James Key to depart, after a less-than-ideal start to the 2023 F1 season for the Woking-based outfit.
The team have found themselves firmly at the back of the back after the first two races of 2023, with Lando Norris and new signing Oscar Piastri struggling to keep pace with the midfield.
In a statement, McLaren said the team would move away from having a single technical director towards and “F1 Technical Executive Team” of three new specialised Technical Director roles.
Those technical directors will report to team principal Andrea Stella, with Key leaving his role.
“This reorganisation has been the work of a number of months and takes place ahead of several new key infrastructure projects which are due to come online in phases throughout 2023.,” the team said.
“Additionally, the team has been undertaking a sustained recruitment campaign to increase the technical capability, with some senior appointments already made.
“This strategic approach, based on organisational restructure, new infrastructure, and expansion of the workforce, creates the foundations for a stronger and more innovative Formula 1 team to enable future success.”
Changes at the top
The new McLaren technical team will consist of Peter Prodromou, who will lead the aerodynamics side, and David Sanchez, who joins the team after a decade with Ferrari.
Neil Houldey has been named into the newly created role of yechnical director, engineering and design, having been with the team since 2006.
“It’s important now that we ensure we have a solid foundation as the next phase of our journey. It has been clear to me for some time that our technical development has not moved at a quick enough pace to match our ambition of returning to the front of the grid,” said McLaren CEO Zak Brown.
“I’m pleased that, having completed a full review with Andrea, we are now able to implement the restructure required to set the wheels in motion to turn this around.
“These strategic changes ensure the long-term success of the team and are necessary to see McLaren get back to winning ways.
“We have everything coming into place now with our people and infrastructure and alongside an exciting driver line-up, I’m determined to see McLaren get back to where we should be.”