McLaren is confident that its form will not be hit too much by the departure of chief engineer Pat Fry.
Team principal Martin Whitmarsh confirmed that Fry, who originally joined McLaren in 1993, was leaving the team but said he reckons there was enough strength in depth at the outfit to overcome his loss.
"Pat's been with the company for about 18 years, so he's made a great contribution to the team over a number of years," said Whitmarsh. "I think it was probably good for him – the right decision for him to take a bit of a break, take a breather. I think he's worked very hard for the team for a number of years.
"Within our team, then, I think we've got quite a bit of a talent and depth, so in these situations it's a great opportunity for someone younger, maybe hungrier, to come along and replace all of us. We're all replaceable. I think the process will be the same but we're manned with fresh new engineers."