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Exclusive: Key Ferrari engineer set to join McLaren

A key Ferrari engineer is set to join McLaren after a period of gardening leave, RacingNews365.com has learnt.

Former Ferrari Head of Vehicle Concepts David Sanchez is set to join Formula 1 rivals McLaren later in 2023, RacingNews365 has learnt. Long-time Ferrari employee Sanchez resigned earlier this week from his position with the Scuderia after a poor start to the 2023 season. The team had focused on trading corner performance off for straight line speed over the winter, but were firmly beaten in qualifying and race pace by Red Bull in Sakhir. However, the Frenchman's resignation is believed to be unrelated to the Bahrain showing and RacingNews365 can reveal that the engineer is set to join McLaren after a long period of gardening leave. Sanchez (below) is set to take up his position as part of a wider technical restructure at McLaren, according to RacingNews365's sources in Italy. He had previously worked with new McLaren Team Principal Andrea Stella when Stella was also at Ferrari - most notably as Fernando Alonso's race engineer before the Italian switched with Alonso to the Woking squad in 2015. Sanchez previously worked at McLaren between 2007 and 2012 as a Senior Aerodynamicist and later as a Team Leader in the Aero department before leaving for Ferrari in October of that year. Prior to his first spell at McLaren, Sanchez was an Aerodynamicist at the Renault team - now Alpine - from 2005 to 2007.

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