Whitmarsh was lately introduced because the Group CEO of the newly-created Aston Martin Performance Technologies entity.
Since leaving McLaren in 2014, the 63-year-old has primarily been concerned within the America’s Cup with Ben Ainslie Racing, latterly as chairman of BAR Applied sciences.
He additionally briefly had a consultancy function with the FIA when the brand new monetary laws have been being put collectively.
Szafnauer says that in his new job Whitmarsh has a wider temporary than simply the racing staff, encompassing Aston Martin’s efforts to take advantage of F1 expertise outdoors the game, and thus his personal duties stay unchanged.
“The F1 facet will stay beneath my management and remit,” he mentioned. “So I am going to nonetheless be staff principal and CEO. Martin will probably be group CEO, with the F1 facet reporting via him.
“So I suppose the one factor that hasn’t been deliberate is how a lot of his time, as a result of he is received your complete group, does he spend on every a type of entities?
“I might think about at first most of his time will probably be spent rising the Aston Martin Efficiency Applied sciences space, which is the place his most up-to-date experience lies, and never focus a lot on F1. However the bit that hasn’t been deliberate is how a lot of his time will probably be spent the place.”
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Szafnauer says that Whitmarsh brings invaluable data of utilizing expertise outdoors sport gained whereas working at each McLaren and with BAR. The team’s new Silverstone base has been designed to embody non-racing initiatives.
“He was there at McLaren once they began doing that, so he’s received that have, and he can lead us to shortcuts in doing that.
“He’s additionally had seven years now of boat racing expertise, together with beginning a brand new firm that’s taking applied sciences from boat racing and transferring that expertise into I believe cargo ships.
“And it’s an utilized expertise kind enterprise, expertise switch. He’s received good expertise in that, and he’ll assist us shortcut the event of our efficiency expertise enterprise.”