Peter Prodromou has today joined McLaren Racing's design department in the role of chief engineer. Prodromou, who previously worked for McLaren between 1991 and 2006, joins the team after a very successful stint at Red Bull Racing, and is a key appointment for the McLaren team as it pushes ahead with the specification and development of next year’s MP4-30 Formula 1 challenger.
Prodromou said: "It's fantastic to return to McLaren, and to see a mixture of faces old and new. Of course, I have first-hand experience of just what a passionate, focused and capable race team exists within these walls, and I’ve already seen the enthusiasm and positivity that exists to return McLaren to world championship-winning glory. I, too, am determined to work flat-out to do everything I can to help initiate a new chapter of success in McLaren's history."
Racing director Eric Boullier added: "On behalf of everyone at McLaren, I'd like to welcome Peter to the team. He joins us at an auspicious time; we've spent much of 2014 working to develop and organise our design department, and his arrival neatly coincides with the conclusion of that restructuring. Peter has proved beyond doubt that he's one of the most capable and intelligent engineers in Formula 1, and everyone at McLaren is looking forward to the contribution he'll make as we push ahead with our ambitious plans for the future."
McLaren Racing chief operating officer (and acting chief executive officer) Jonathan Neale said: "I'm delighted to welcome Peter back to McLaren. He joins us at an extremely exciting time: we're making exciting progress with our new engine partner, and our entire design department has been galvanised and motivated by an ongoing restructure that has really begun to bed-in and deliver results."
"His position as chief engineer will enable him to play to his considerable strengths as a top-flight aerodynamicist and an engineer, and I'm sure he'll dovetail seamlessly with his fellow engineers. We're steadily putting everything in place to ensure that McLaren can once again return to its race- and world championship-winning ways. We’re under no illusions that we're yet there, but Peter's appointment is a very significant one, and is also a very public reminder that we're adding strength in depth to our organisation all the time."