Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) have this week announced that Martin Whitmarsh, former CEO of the McLaren Group and Team Principal of the McLaren F1 team, will be joining the British challenger for the 35th America’s Cup.
Whitmarsh will take the position of Chief Executive Officer, working alongside Ainslie to bring the Cup home.
Ben Ainslie commented:
“I’m delighted that Martin is joining us. When we first started to put together the plan for BAR, McLaren were one of the aspirations. 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, particularly the head of Red Bull Advanced Technologies, Adrian Newey”.
A different sport, but the same combination of technology, engineering, athleticism and talent
Whitmarsh will join the team in the final few weeks before they move into their new purpose-built headquarters in Portsmouth.
Commenting on the challenge ahead, Martin Whitmarsh has said:
“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.
“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”.
Martin Whitmarsh will take up his position with the team in April.