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Neil Oatley

Neil Oatley (born June 12, 1954) is Design and Development Director for the McLaren Formula One team.

Born in Britain, Oatley graduated from draughtsman before becoming a race engineer for both Clay Regazzoni and Carlos Reutemann.

In 1984 Oatley was recruited by Carl Haas to work on the FORCE F1 project but the results were poor and the team withdrew from Formula One in 1986.

Oatley joined the McLaren team shortly after leaving FORCE and worked alongside John Barnard in the design office. Barnard was soon replaced by Gordon Murray whose MP4/4 chassis almost completed a clean sweep of victories in 1988, and when Murray moved to the new McLaren road car project Neil Oatley was made Chief Designer, his cars securing titles in 1989, 1990, 1991, 1998 and 1999.

Oatley continued to work as Chief Designer at McLaren until 2003 when he became Executive Director of Engineering.

References

  • Profile at grandprix.com
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