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Sam Michael to leave McLaren at end of the season

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McLaren has confirmed its sporting director Sam Michael will leave the team at the end of the season after he handed in his resignation in March.

Michael will return to Australia with his family after more than 20 years working for Formula One teams in the UK. He joined McLaren in 2011 after resigning as Williams technical director earlier that year and took on the role of sporting director at the start of 2012. The team added that Michael is leaving on good terms.

McLaren also denied reports acting CEO Jonathan Neale and technical director Tim Goss will leave, stating: "They are not leaving and there are no plans for them to leave."

McLaren has undergone a restructuring process this season after team principal Martin Whitmarsh left at the start of the year and Eric Boullier was brought in as racing director under team boss Ron Dennis. It has also recruited aerodynamics specialist Peter Prodromou from Red Bull, who started work in September as chief engineer.

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