Volkswagen Motorsport has announced the departure of Motorsport Director Jost Capito, who has taken position as chief executive officer at McLaren F1 Motorsport. Capito will continue to serve at VW until his successor is appointed before the F1 season begins in Melbourne on March 20.
Jost led the VW rally team to win three consecutive manufacturer titles since the German manufacturer entered in mid-2012. While Jost has obviously helped lead VW to success, which may continue into the foreseeable future, CEO of McLaren Group Rod Dennis says he approached Jost last summer and has been impressed with Jost’s wide range of motorsport experience, including F1, his success with VW and passion for the sport.
“From a motor sport perspective he has experience in not only the World Rally Championship but also sportscars, touring cars, motorcycle racing and Formula One, about which he is hugely knowledgeable and infectiously passionate”, says Dennis.
“I am certain that he will work extremely well with Eric and all at McLaren Racing, building on the very good work they have already done to take the McLaren-Honda programme forward towards grand prix victories and world championship successes.”
Given McLaren has experienced their poorest results in history lately, they will be looking to Capito to lead the team on a winning path.
VW Board Management member Frank Welsch has signed Capito off with an appreciation of responsibility in leading VW to its current success.
“We would like to thank Jost Capito for his exceptionally dedicated and successful work for Volkswagen in motorsport. The three World Rally Championship titles with the Polo R WRC represent the greatest sporting achievements in the history of the Volkswagen brand and underscore the technical competence of our company. With his transparent and far-sighted leadership, Jost Capito has been instrumental in this success”, said Welsch.