Sam Michael will join McLaren for the final two races

Autosport release latest reports that Sam Michael received permission from Williams to join McLaren for final two races of the season.

Sam Michael left from Williams F1 at the end of September after a long-term role as its technical director, having settled a contract to join McLaren as its sporting director.

But, following discussions between Williams and McLaren, sources have confirmed that Michael was allowed to begin work officially at his new team from November 1, having been out of action for just one month. Autosport added.

He began duties at the factory on Tuesday and will now travel to the Abu Dhabi and Brazilian Grands Prix with the Woking-based outfit. Speaking in September, Michael said that the chance to see McLaren in action at the track before the end of this season would be a great boost.

“If I can get to a race this year with McLaren, it lets me observe what they are up to,” he told Autosport. “It’s much better to do that and have the winter to think about things rather than going straight in at Melbourne and reacting to what I see.”

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