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Martin Whitmarsh ends long association with McLaren

Updated: Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 12:31 | Comments

Martin Whitmarsh has been team principal since 2009
Martin Whitmarsh has been team principal since 2009

Martin Whitmarsh has officially parted company with McLaren after more than 24 years of service.

Whitmarsh served as head of operations, managing director and F1 CEO during his time with the organisation before taking on the role of team principal in 2009.

In January this year, however, McLaren Group chairman Ron Dennis effectively staged an internal coup, returning to his former role as Group CEO, ousting Whitmarsh in the process.

It brought to an end Whitmarsh's five-year reign as team boss, with 2013 proving to be one of the Woking-based marque's worst in their history as they failed to score a single podium.

Dennis went on to form a new management structure, bringing in Eric Boullier as racing director, with Jonathan Neale stepping up from his role as managing director to Group F1 CEO.

Over the intervening months Whitmarsh and McLaren have attempted to negotiate a severance package, in particular to reflect the 56-year-old's length of service.

A solution has now been reached, with a McLaren spokesman confirming: "McLaren and Martin Whitmarsh have agreed amicably to part company."

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