Vodafone McLaren Mercedes has announced that Sam Michael will join the team as Sporting Director from the 2012 season onwards. Michael has 18 continuous years in the industry, Sam is a hugely experienced Formula 1 professional. After starting his Grand Prix career with Team Lotus in 1993, he joined Jordan Grand Prix in 1995, where he established the team’s R&D group before progressing into a senior race engineering role. In 2001 he joined WilliamsF1 as Chief Operations Engineer, becoming the team’s Technical Director in 2004 and a company director in 2008.
As Vodafone McLaren Mercedes’ Sporting Director, Sam will join the senior management team in addition to taking specific responsibility for the development and management of the team’s trackside operations. His vast experience and profound understanding of race operations will enhance the team’s on-track capability, adding significantly to its already impressive technical management strength-in-depth.