McLaren‘s technical director, James Key, is leaving the team as part of a design overhaul. McLaren struggled in the first two races of the 2023 campaign and failed to score a point, admitting that they missed development targets over the winter. Moving forward, a new “technical executive team” will oversee the car’s development. The team will be made up of three leaders – David Sanchez, Ferrari‘s former head of vehicle concept, will return to McLaren as technical director of car concept and performance. Peter Prodromou will take on the role of technical director of aerodynamics, and Neil Houldey will fill the newly created position of technical director of engineering and design. The team’s overall direction will continue to be led by team principal, Andrea Stella, and McLaren Racing CEO, Zak Brown.
Brown acknowledges that technical development has not happened quickly enough to match their ambition for the team. He believes that these changes are necessary to see McLaren get back to winning ways. Stella is determined to take a strategic approach to ensure the team is set on a long-term foundation. This new structure should provide clarity and effectiveness within the team’s technical department. Meanwhile, the team is preparing to start work in a new wind tunnel later this year. It is a critical time for the team, and they hope to see greater on-track car performance by optimizing new infrastructure upgrades.