Matt Morris leaves Sauber to join McLaren

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Current chief designer of the Sauber F1 Team, Matt Morris is leaving the Swiss team after only 2 years with the team. Morris will join McLaren as soon as his Sauber contract is released.

The departure comes only about a year after former Sauber technical director James Key left for Toro Rosso. Morris at that time was promoted to his current role as Chief Designer but now departs the team completely. At Sauber he will be replaced by Sauber's current Head of concept design Eric Gandelin.

For McLaren, Morris is part of "an ongoing programme to strengthen the engineering department as our organisation prepares for the arrival of Honda in 2015.", a spokesperson commented to Autosport.

Morris will work as Engineering Director at McLaren.

"Matt Morris will join McLaren Racing as engineering director once his current contractual situation with Sauber is resolved. Matt will work for our technical director, Tim Goss, to ensure our engineering standards and technical decision-making capabilities are of the highest quality.

Before joining Sauber as head of mechanical design in April 2011, Morris worked for Williams between 2003 and 2011.