Adhering to a important shake up at the Woking-based outfit last season after a disappointing start to the campaign, CEO Zak Brown has managed to lure Seidl away from Porsche.
Seidl arrives in McLaren following a powerful spell over seeing Porsche’s WEC championship and also Le Mans success from 2015 to 2017, before the German automobile manufacturer’s withdrawal against this category.
He was expected to take a new role with complete charge of motor sport in Porsche had he remained together with the German manufacturer.
“with an opportunity to contribute into this McLaren heritage is extremely special and inspiring.
“McLaren gets got the vision, leadership and experience but, most importantly, the people to come back to the front, and which will likely be my total focus and assignment “
Seidl is going to be placed in charge of McLaren’s F1 operations, together with CEO Brown feeling that he couldn’t manage the grandprix team in addition to McLaren’s other rigorous racing operations.
Technical manager James Key, who is placed to join McLaren later this calendar year, will soon be in charge of car design. Simon Roberts will have responsibility for car creation and Paul James, mechanic, will lead operations at the trail.
The appointment of Seidl may even allow sporting director Gil de Ferran more freedom to maneuver to a role where he could help also oversee McLaren’s wider racing tasks — including its assault with this year’s Indy 500 — instead of be committed fully to F1.
McLaren CEO Zak Brown said that Seidl’s appointment was an important one for the team, as it looks to create progress in 2019.
“We’re thrilled that Andreas is linking McLaren to lead our F1 operational and technical programme,” he said. “This is a substantial appointment for us about two fronts.
“First, it is just another significant stage in our F1 performance recovery program and long term devotion to F1. Secondly, concentrated senior leadership on our F1 programme is an integral part of the long term plan of McLaren Racing to expand in to other kinds of global motor sport as time passes.
“Andreas is a highly competent leader with a track record of success in what he has been involved in, and I look forward to working together with him”