Aston Martin recruits former McLaren man Martin Whitmarsh

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Aston Martin recruits former McLaren man Martin Whitmarsh

Martin Whitmarsh has been recruited by Aston Martin where the former McLaren team principal will serve as group chief executive officer of Aston Martin Performance Technologies.

The Aston Martin division will encompass "the brand’s Formula One activities and will also develop, apply and take to market the Group’s technical capabilities and intellectual property, with the aim of providing best-in-class innovation, engineering, testing and manufacturing services across a variety of key industry sectors".

From 1989 to 2014, Whitmarsh enjoyed a 25-year tenure with McLaren in various positions culminating with the role group CEO and team principal of the McLaren team.

As a long-standing member of the Woking-based outfit and an ally of former McLaren owner and chairman Ron Dennis, Whitmarsh was involved in more than 100 Formula 1 wins and multiple world championships achieved by McLaren.

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"I am very pleased to announce that Martin [Whitmarsh] will be joining us as Group Chief Executive Officer of the new Aston Martin Performance Technologies, from October 1st 2021," said Aston Martin executive chairman Lawrence Stroll.

"Martin will enjoy senior leadership responsibility and will assist and support me in setting the new strategic direction for Aston Martin Performance Technologies and its subsidiaries, including the crucial objective of leading the transformation of Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One™ Team into a Formula One World Championship-winning organisation within the next four to five years, and evolving it into a £1 billion business over a similar time period.

"Martin has enjoyed a long, successful and high-profile career, spanning the motorsport, automotive, aerospace, marine and renewable-energy sectors.

"Moreover, he is a proven winner in Formula One. He is therefore the ideal person for the job of working with me and our senior management team to lead and inspire our workforce to future success both on and off track."

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Whitmarsh is obviously no stranger to 'Team Silverstone', having been attentive to the outfit's performances in F1 in its previous guises and witnessed its ability to "punch above its weight".

"I have known and admired Lawrence for many years, and I have always been extremely impressed by his formidable business acumen and his seemingly inexhaustible ambition," said the 63-year-old Briton.

"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.

"Lawrence intends Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One™ Team to win Formula One World Championships, plain and simple, and I would not have joined him in that endeavour unless I was utterly convinced that it was an entirely achievable aim.

"I know what it takes to win in Formula One, and, inspired by Lawrence’s leadership and backed by the skill, passion and resolve of the workforce, I intend to do whatever I can to make sure that our team becomes the winning operation that Lawrence is determined that it should be."

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Mercedes oozing 'calm determination' ahead of Russian GP

After the drama it endured at Monza, the Mercedes team heads to the Russian Grand Prix with a... The post Mercedes oozing 'calm determination' ahead of Russian GP appeared first on F1i.com.

Mercedes oozing 'calm determination' ahead of Russian GP

After the drama it endured at Monza, the Mercedes team heads to the Russian Grand Prix with a sense of calm determination says Toto Wolff.

The Brackley squad saw its chances of clinching a race win in Italy squandered by a mid-race clash between Hamilton and Max Verstappen.

The run-in between the two title protagonists paved the way for a sensational McLaren 1-2 while Valtteri Bottas upheld Mercedes' honor by stepping on to the podium.

But overall, it was "bittersweet" weekend for the reigning world champions.

"After a demanding and intense triple-header, we are reenergised and ready to go," said Wolff in Mercedes ahaed of this week's round of racing at Sochi.

"Last time out in Monza was bittersweet - a commanding performance and strong result for Valtteri but a feeling of missed points for Lewis, who had the potential to fight for the win.

"The pleasing thing is that the W12 looks competitive and with just eight races to go, now is the time to use our experience and focus on the details and processes which will get us over the line."

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To say that Mercedes has always gone well at Russia's F1 venue would be an understatement as the German manufacturer has prevailed in every single Russian Grand Prix held along the shores of the Black Sea since the event's inclusion in the world championship in 2014.

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"We're looking forward to racing again in Russia, it is a circuit we've gone well at over the years and both our drivers have enjoyed great results in Sochi," added Wolff.

"We're hoping to continue our run of success in Russia but know that this year is an entirely different beast, and we're expecting another intense weekend.

"Last year, this race was one of the first to welcome fans back to the grandstands and it was incredible to feel the passion and buzz of the crowds again.

"We've just been treated to fantastic support in Spa, Zandvoort and Monza, and this weekend will be no different."

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Hamilton will be gunning for a fifth career victory at Sochi while Bottas has won twice in Russia, the Finn collecting his second win in 2020.

"Our aim is to pull together a strong weekend, starting in FP1 and building one session at a time," said Wolff.

"Lewis is in the tenth championship battle of his F1 career, and he is laser focused on what he needs to deliver in the next eight races.

"As for Valtteri, he's driving better than ever, like we saw in Monza - and he will be flat out every weekend.

"There's a calm determination about the team right now and the business end of a season, fighting for championships, is exactly what we enjoy the most."

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