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VW boss Capito's McLaren move to happen by Italian GP

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VW boss Capito's McLaren move to happen by Italian GP
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Jun 21, 2016, 5:58 PM

McLaren’s future Formula 1 CEO Jost Capito expects to finally be able to join the team after the summer shutdown, following months of uncertainty about when he could begin.

Fernando Alonso, McLaren MP4-31 and team-mate Jenson Button, McLaren MP4-31
Jost Capito, head of Volkswagen Motorsport
Fernando Alonso, McLaren MP4-31
Jost Capito, head of Volkswagen Motorsport
Fernando Alonso, McLaren MP4-31
Jenson Button, McLaren

Capito, who is currently Volkswagen’s motorsport boss, was announced as a McLaren signing in January.

However, it was made clear that he would only be moving across once he had found a suitable replacement at Volkswagen.

The difficulty in sorting that out has delayed his switch but speaking at the FIA Sport Conference in Turin on Tuesday, Capito said a date had now finally sorted – which means he should be on board by the Italian Grand Prix.

“Yes, this year,” he said of his start date. “It will be the end of August, beginning of September, something around that region.”

Although Capito has been present at some F1 races this year, he says he has not been able to spend much time observing how things operate at McLaren.

“The job at VW is such a big job,” he said. “It’s not only WRC, it’s rallycross in the US, it’s TCR… As long as I’m there, I’m doing a proper job there.

“I’m looking forward to the switch; otherwise I wouldn’t have done it!”

Additional reporting by Kate Walker

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