Former Porsche WEC boss Seidl joins McLaren - Racer Racer.com - Thu 10 Jan 15:29 GMT
Former Porsche World Endurance Championship boss Andreas Seidl has been named managing director of McLaren’s Formula 1 team. Seidl had been the team principal of the Porsche LMP1 team until it with…
Former Porsche World Endurance Championship boss Andreas Seidl has been named managing director of McLaren’s Formula 1 team.
The German is highly regarded following the success of the Porsche LMP1 project, and will oversee all aspects of McLaren’s F1 racing program, reporting to McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown.
“We are delighted that Andreas is joining McLaren to lead our F1 technical and operational program,” Brown said.
Seidl will focus solely on F1, with Brown responsible for all of McLaren’s racing activities including its IndyCar team — headed up by Bob Fernley — that will return to the Indy 500 this year.
46-year-old Seidl is the latest addition as a result of senior management changes within the F1 team — with James Key set to join as technical director later this year — and says the personnel are in place to move McLaren closer to the likes of Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull.