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McLaren technical director Sanchez leaves after just three months

McLaren has announced the departure of technical director of car concept and performance David Sanchez after just three months with its Formula 1 team.

Sanchez was one of two high-profile signings for McLaren last year, announced as joining from Ferrari at a similar time to the team securing the services of Red Bull’s Rob Marshall. The pair started work in January but McLaren has now announced a restructuring in which Sanchez will depart with immediate effect and no “gardening leave” period, as the scope of the role did not match expectations.

“This further step in the evolution of the structure of the technical department and of the working model within the team signify our commitment to constantly enhancing our technical capabilities and workflows for greater efficiency and effectiveness,” team principal Andrea Stella said.

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“Following thoughtful discussions between David Sanchez and the team leadership, the mutual decision has been taken for David to leave the team. Upon our joint reflection, it became apparent that the role, responsibilities, and ambitions associated with David’s position did not align with our original expectations when he agreed to join us in February 2023.

“Recognizing this misalignment, both David and I agreed that it would be best to part ways now, so to enable him to pursue other opportunities that will better leverage the full scale and breadth of his remarkable skillset. We greatly and gratefully value the contributions that David has made during his relatively short time with us, and we wish him the best in his future endeavors.”