The McLaren Mercedes Formula One team have confirmed today that Sporting Director Sam Michael will leave the outfit at the end of the year. Michael joined the Woking based outfit from the Williams team in November 2011.
Michael was appointed to the role of Sporting Director at the team in 2012 and has played a key role within the Formula One team.
McLaren confirmed that Michael handed in his resignation in March and that it would take affect at the of the year as he will return to Australia with his family following more then 20 years working in Formula One.
The team have stressed that they partner company with Michael on good terms and have denied reports that Managing Director Jonathan Neale and technical director Tim Goss have been released by the team saying that they are no plans for either of them to leave.
McLaren has undergone a major restructuring programme this season which has included the appointment of former Lotus F1 Team principal Eric Boullier joining the team as Racing Director prior to the start of the season.
McLaren are currently in fifth place in the championship on 143 points, twenty clear of the Sahara Force India F1 Team with three Grand Prix remaining in 2014.
© Ben Johnston 2014