Mark Gallagher, the leading figure in engine builder Cosworth’s F1 operations, has quit his post ahead of the Italian Grand Prix, in what many consider to be a surprise announcement that may raise questions about the group’s continued future in the series.
After two years in his post as the group’s General Manager, Gallagher confirmed he has moved on to lend more support to the GP3 team he co-founded, Status Grand Prix.
Gallagher’s experience in Formula 1 is considerably lengthy, including stints at Pacific, Jordan, Lola and Red Bull Racing before joining Cosworth in 2009.
“It has been a great privilege to run Cosworth’s F1 business for over two years and to work with such talented people. The company produces world class products, and that applies particularly to the CA F1 engine, which is truly competitive,” he told AUTOSPORT.
“[In the] meantime, it has been very rewarding to play my part in Cosworth’s return to F1 as an engine supplier, and I wish the company, its management and staff every success for the future.”
Cosworth has in turn confirmed that Kim Spearman has been promoted to Gallagher’s post, having been part of the organisation for over two decades.
“Cosworth would like to thank Mark for his efforts over the last 18 months in helping to re-establish the Cosworth name back in F1, and the company wishes him all the very best of success in the future,” a Cosworth spokesperson said.
“Cosworth is fortunate to have strength in depth and has already appointed Kim Spearman to take over the company’s F1 Business Unit, effective from this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix.
“Kim has been at Cosworth for 24 years and has been involved in various motorsport championships around the globe over the years. He has great technical and operational knowledge which we are sure will benefit our F1 unit and its customers.
“For Cosworth, it is business as usual with our immediate focus on this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix in Monza.”
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