McLaren has lost two key technical figures from its line-up

There have been a couple of noteworthy movements between the teams’ technical departments in recent days, with McLaren losing two key staff members to outfits further down the grid.

The team’s Head of Aerodynamics, John Iley, will move on to Team Caterham (nee Team Lotus) after a six-month ‘gardening leave’ stint. His position at McLaren will not be replaced.

His appointment is another important hiring for the team’s Mike Gascoyne-led technical operation, as the outfit relocates from its Norfolk headquarters to a new operation in the former base of the Arrows F1 team in Leafield.

And off to Toro Rosso as its chief designer is Luca Furbato, who heads up McLaren’s stress analysis and fabrications team. A former engineer at Ferrari, Furbato has been part of McLaren’s operation for the last twelve years.

Furbato will replace Ben Butler, the former Red Bull Racing designer (who has been part of the outfit since its Stewart days) who was seconded to Toro Rosso when the team was forced to start designing its own chassis’ when customer cars were banned.

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