Highly pedigreed Andreas Seidl announced his arrival at McLaren with a quote in the team’s preview of this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix where he takes up the role as team principal of the sport’s second most successful team.
Seidl wrote in the team’s pre-Barcelona weekend press release, “I’m delighted to have now started at McLaren and I’ve had a really warm welcome from everyone in the team. During my first few days, I’ve been speaking to as many people around the factory as possible and this will continue over coming weeks as I get to know the team.”
The former Porsche WEC team manager, is no stranger to Formula 1, having been responsible for Formula 1 testing and racing with BMW Sauber up until 2009.
When BMW withdrew from F1 he became Director of Race Operations for the BMW DTM comeback. Seidl played a major role in finding the set-up for winning his company of the time the title at its first attempt in 2012.
Afterwards, the LMP1 project at Porsche was a new and massive challenge for the father of two. The early days proved tough at times, but the World Endurance Championship title and Le Mans victory in 2015 were impressive successes.
Seidl comes into McLaren at its lowest ebb since the seventies, tasked to return the team back to the top of the F1 pecking order where they have been absent for far too long.
Gil de Ferran moves aside for Seidl to take the helm of the F1 operation, with the Brazilian taking on an all-encompassing role as sporting director of McLaren Racing. The pair will report to CEO Zak Brown.
Also recently joining the line-up of heavy-hitters at Woking was James Key.
Big Question: Can Andreas reverse the rot at McLaren?