McLaren's man in the hot seat

McLaren's man in the hot seat

Expectations are high at McLaren, so being team boss is a high-pressure job. But Martin Whitmarsh has been well prepared by over two decades in Woking, as EDD STRAW found out

Only four men have known what it means to take charge of the McLaren Formula 1 team. Martin Whitmarsh is now in his fifth season at the helm having succeeded Ron Dennis ahead of the 2009 season and now leads the squad into its second half-century.

During his tenure, he has steered the ship through some troubled waters - the loss of Lewis Hamilton, uncompetitive machinery in both his first and the current season, the end of Mercedes's co-ownership of the company and the striking up of a fresh alliance with Honda for 2015.

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