Seidl confirmed as new McLaren team boss

  • 10 Jan 2019 11:58
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

McLaren has confirmed the signing of Andreas Seidl, who will work as its new team boss. The German previously worked in the World Endurance Championship with Porsche, as its team principal.

The announcement comes as McLaren continue to reshuffle its senior staff as it aims to return to the front fo the F1 grid. Seidl will report to McLaren CEO Zak Brown, and will handle responsibilities in all aspects of the team’s F1 racing programme

It will mark Seidl's first F1 job in 12 years, as he previously worked at BMW from 2000 to 20006, and then at BMW Sauber as its head of track operations until 2009.

"This is an enormous privilege and challenge, which I am ready for and committed to," Seidl said. "To have an opportunity to contribute to the McLaren legacy is extremely special and inspiring.

“McLaren has the vision, leadership and experience but, most importantly, the people to return to the front, and that will be my absolute focus and mission. I can’t wait to join the team and begin working with my colleagues at McLaren, our partners at Renault and, of course, Carlos and Lando."

Brown added: "We are delighted that Andreas is joining McLaren to lead our F1 technical and operational programme. This is a significant appointment for us on two fronts. First, it is another important step in our F1 performance recovery plan and long-term commitment to F1.

"Second, concentrated senior leadership on our F1 programme is an integral part of the long-term strategy of McLaren Racing to expand into other forms of global motorsport over time. Andreas is a highly capable leader with a track record of success in everything he has been involved with, and I look forward to working with him."

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  • Interesting, I think it's a good move. Zak is great with all non-technical things which is why I'm glad there is someone else with the team with Andreas' background

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    • Jan 10 2019 - 18:24
    • Zak do appear to do a fine job on the non-technical side, but lets not get ahead of ourselves. So far its looked good, but we probably need another year to see if things have actually improved of if McLaren still is a turd but in a nicer shade of orange wrapping.

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      • Jan 10 2019 - 18:30



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