Volkswagen has paid tribute to Jost Capito, who will be leaving the manufacturer after nearly four years in favour of assuming a senior role within the McLaren F1 Racing team.

The 57 year-old has enjoyed substantial success since joining VW as its motorsport director in 2012, Capito spearheading the manufacturer to three consecutive World Rally Championship titles in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

However, just a week ahead of the 2016 curtain raiser in Monte Carlo, Capito has been named as McLaren F1 Racing's new Chief Executive Officer, where he will replace Jonathan Neale - who becomes Chief Operating Officer of McLaren Technology Group - and will work alongside Eric Boullier.

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As it stands, Capito will remain with VW until his replacement has been appointed, with VW's Frank Welsch has lavished praise on the soon-to-be-departed German.

"We would like to thank Jost Capito for his exceptionally dedicated and successful work for Volkswagen in motorsport," VW Member of Board Management Welsch.

"The three World Rally Championship titles with the Polo R WRC represent the greatest sporting achievements in the history of the Volkswagen brand and underscore the technical competence of our company. With his transparent and far-sighted leadership, Jost Capito has been instrumental in this success."