McLaren‘s new technical structure includes a trio of technical directors, namely Peter Prodromou for aerodynamics, Davide Sanchez for car concept and performance, and Neil Houldey for engineering and design. The team’s former technical director, James Key, has departed. As per Andrea Stella, who heads the team as CEO, the previous structure had limitations, and the contribution of Prodromou was under-utilized. The new structure has clear leadership and guidance for aerodynamics, with a focus on combining science and common sense to make the car faster.
Stella implied that there was a cap on ideas under Key’s technical leadership, and the team wants to move beyond that to create competitive ideas that are essential to making natural decisions. Stella emphasized that the team has to be pragmatic while being strongly scientifically based. The aim of the restructuring was to empower senior members of the team in different areas to make decisions, unleashed their expertise and make the team move faster. The restructuring will benefit in the short and long term.
Stella also acknowledged that the team has to run with a temporary structure until Sanchez, who joined after leaving Ferrari, assumes charge in January. As part of the plan, the team recalled McLaren veteran Neil Oatley, who has recently been working on non-F1 projects, and others in performance analysis, vehicle performance group and competencies in race engineering to compensate for the vacancy. These resources have undergone tactical training, while the long-term goal is to have a strategic foundation.