McLaren appoint Seidl as new managing director

Date published: January 10 2019

McLaren have appointed German Andreas Seidl to the new role of managing director as their staff overhaul continues.

The 46-year-old, ex-boss of Porsche’s World Endurance Championship team, will join “during 2019”, reporting to chief executive officer Zak Brown.

The Woking outfit are desperate to re-establish themselves in 2019 after years of struggles, and Brown believes the appointment of Seidl will mark a huge step in the reversal of McLaren’s fortunes.

Speaking to BBC, he said: “[Seidl is] a highly capable leader with a track record of success.

“It is another important step in our F1 performance recovery plan and long-term commitment to F1.”

Seidl worked in Formula One from 2000-09 for BMW, but his return date to the sport with McLaren is yet to be confirmed due to his leaving date with Porsche remaining undecided.

“This is an enormous privilege and challenge,” Seidl told BBC.

“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.”

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