FORMER McLaren chief executive and F1 team principal Martin Whitmarsh will join Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) for this year’s America’s Cup.
BAR announced today that Whitmarsh will take up the role of chief executive to help the team challenge for the 35th America’s Cup, working alongside Sir Ben Ainslie to bring the cup home.
Sir Ben said: ‘I’m delighted that Martin is joining us. When we first started to put together the plan for BAR, McLaren were one of the inspirations. So it’s particularly appropriate to have one of the original architects of that model as our new CEO.
‘Martin came highly recommended by many authoritative figures in the motorsport industry, and already has good relationships with several of our key partners.’
Whitmarsh, who studied engineering at the University of Portsmouth, will join the team in the final few weeks before they move into their new purpose-built headquarters in Old Portsmouth.
‘After 25 years at McLaren, it’s great to be able to turn my energies and experience to such an exciting sporting and technical challenge,’ Whitmarsh said.
‘McLaren developed into a multifaceted business, and I hope that my experience will help BAR in its aspiration for a sustainable business model, along with the clear goal of winning the America’s Cup and bringing it back to British waters,’
Whitmarsh will take up his position with the team in April.