McLaren has confirmed that sporting director Sam Michael will be leaving the team at the end of the season.

When contacted by Crash.net, McLaren formally confirmed that Michael is leaving the company having handed in his notice in March. He will attend the remaining races of the 2014 season before returning to his native Australia with his wife and two children.

Michael leaves "on extremely good terms" with Ron Dennis and the rest of McLaren, having worked for the team since he joined from Williams in 2011. His move back to Australia signals the end of an F1 career which has also seen him work for Team Lotus and Jordan.

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Confirmation of Michael's departure comes during a period of transition for McLaren, with Dennis having returned as group CEO at the start of the year and with the team set to switch to Honda power units in 2015.

There have also been a number of other personnel changes this year, with team principal Martin Whitmarsh leaving and Eric Boullier joining as racing director, while Peter Prodromou recently returned as chief engineer.

McLaren has yet to announce its driver line-up for next season, with Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen both out of contract and Fernando Alonso in the frame for a return to the team.

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One big step from McLaren back toward the sharp end of the grid.