Mansour Ojjeh is no longer a director of the McLaren Group. (Photo: Getty Images)

Mansour Ojjeh is no longer a director of the Group. (Photo: Getty Images)

Mansour Ojjeh has relinquished his role as a director of the McLaren Group, and has been replaced by his younger brother Aziz, his partner in the TAG organization.

Ojjeh had a double lung transplant late last year after battling IPF lung disease, and thus it’s perhaps no surprise that he is cutting back on his business commitments. He has been a low-key but important player in F1 for more than 30 years.

A McLaren spokesman told FOXSports.com: “Mansour Ojjeh is enjoying a period of rest and recuperation following his recent operation. For the time being, therefore, Mansour’s brother, Aziz Ojjeh, has agreed, with Mansour’s full support, to join the McLaren board on a temporary basis until such time as Mansour is fully recovered. Mansour, the Ojjeh family and TAG Holdings have a passionate love for McLaren, for motor racing and for cars in general, and Mansour intends to return to the McLaren board as soon as possible.”

Incidentally, on Sunday, Ojjeh’s close friend Michael Douglas wished him well while making an acceptance speech at the Golden Globes, having won the award for best actor in a TV drama.

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