Andreas Seidl: McLaren appoint German as new boss of Formula 1 team - BBC Sport
BBC News - Thu 10 Jan 18:02 GMT

Andreas Seidl: McLaren appoint German as new boss of Formula 1 team - BBC Sport

McLaren appoint Andreas Seidl as the new managing director of their Formula 1 team - although he does not yet have a specific start date.

  McLaren decided that they needed someone to take direct operational responsibility for the F1 team under Brown and the board of directors.

  Brown's role is not to run the F1 team on a day-to-day basis - as chief executive officer, he has authority over all of McLaren's racing activities, including the IndyCar programme set up for this season and a potential future entry into the World Endurance Championship.

  "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," Brown said.

  Seidl is the fourth new management appointment since July, with three top-level figures having left as a consequence of McLaren's poor performance last season.

  The team finished sixth of 10 teams in the constructors' championship, but 80% of their points were scored by two-time champion Fernando Alonso, who left F1 at the end of 2018 and will race for the newly established McLaren team at the Indianapolis 500 this May.