McLaren Racing appoint ex-Porsche Team Principal Andreas Seidl as Managing Director

McLaren is currently undergoing a restructuring phase following a disastrous 2018 campaign.

A switch to Renault power was thought to be their golden ticket back towards the front of the pack but by the end of the season they struggled to score points. Tim Goss and Eric Boullier departed from the team, Pat Fry was brought in to lead the design of the 2019 car before James Key can join from Toro Rosso.

There is a lot of restricting going ahead at McLaren and they have now signed Andreas Seidl as managing director. Seidl had previously worked in F1 with BMW before the German manufacture left the sport at the end of 2009. Seidl enjoyed success with Porsche win the Le Mans 24Hr and WEC titles before their departure from the series.

Seidl has a good track record in motorsport and will be another step in bringing McLaren back towards the front.

“We are delighted that Andreas is joining McLaren to lead our F1 technical and operational programme.” Zak Brown said in the McLaren press release.

“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.”

2019 will be much of a transitional period for McLaren as they undergo these structural changes. Seidl is the second in big key personnel signings after James Key and with these two involved there must be a lot of confidence in the McLaren team.

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