Former McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh is returning to Formula 1 this year, in a new role with Aston Martin.
Whitmarsh became one of the biggest figures in Formula One, having been in the sport for 25 years with McLaren. His worked with some of the most famous drivers from Ayrton Senna, Mika Hakkinen and 7 time world champ, Lewis Hamilton.
He left McLaren in 2014 and has since then been working outside the sport. He will now return to F1 as Group Chief Executive Officer of Aston Martin Performance Technologies, a role which will oversee the Formula 1 team, as well as looking into way to use the brands technical know-how in different industries.
Aston Martin, haven’t kept it a secret that they want to reach the front of the grid, to fight for wins, podiums and championships more often and this is just another step in that direction for the Silverstone based team.
Whitmarsh said: “I have known and admired Lawrence [Stroll, Aston Martin Executive Chairman] for many years, and I have always been extremely impressed by his formidable business acumen and his seemingly inexhaustible ambition. Equally, I have always respected ‘Team Silverstone’, if I can call it that, which has often punched above its weight under its various previous incarnations, and which now has the weight with which to punch harder than ever before.”