Gordon Murray, Durban-born F1 legend and the brains behind the McLaren F1 road car, could be dropped as McLaren intends restructuring its road car division.

Gordon Murray, Durban-born F1 legend and the brains behind the McLaren F1 road car, could be dropped as McLaren intends restructuring its road car division.

McLaren confirmed recently that it would be reviewing Murray's Advanced Concepts division as it plans to restructure its road car operations. This division was also responsible for the McLaren-Mercedes SLR that was launched at the end of 2003.

The CEO of the McLaren F1 team, Martin Whitmarsh, said that 'no decision' had been taken regarding Murray's future.

"We are in the process of consultation regarding whether there will be redundancies," added Whitmarsh, but it is understood that Murray will end his 18-year association with the Woking-based manufacturer soon.

Whitmarsh reassured that the changes would not affect the company's plans for a new, smaller McLaren supercar - the P8 - due in late 2007.

Before Murray turned his attention to the McLaren F1 road car, he had already won much acclaim in the F1 world, penning championship-winning cars for Nelson Piquet with Brabham-Ford and Brabham-BMW, and McLaren-Honda team mates Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost.