McLaren hints at major tech signing

McLaren hints at major tech signing

Formula 1

McLaren hints at major tech signing


McLaren has hinted at the signing of some “headline-grabbing” technical staff to boost its bid to get back to the front of the Formula 1 grid.

Amid a disappointing 2013 campaign, and facing the prospect of its first season since 1980 with no podium finishes, McLaren says it has been conducting a thorough analysis of how it can bolster its organization.

Team principal Martin Whitmarsh said: “We are continuously doing that and certainly this year we cannot be satisfied where we are. So we have been recruiting in the technical team, strengthening that quite a lot, actually. There have been quite a few new starters this year.

“There are some yet unannounced that will be headline-grabbing when they are announced, so there are things going on, clearly. We have to look at ourselves as a team, from the top of the management all the way through to our technical team, to make sure we can return to winning ways as quickly as possible.”

McLaren lost technical director Paddy Lowe to Mercedes earlier this year, but did recruit Matt Morris as new engineering director from Sauber.