McLaren Racing has confirmed the signing of Andreas Seidl as their new technical director, previously worked in F1 for BMW.
Seidl takes on the new role of managing director of the team for the upcoming 2019 season and will report directly to McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown, as the Woking squad looks to return to winning ways following its recent spell of struggles. McLaren acknowledged the move is its latest step in the team’s “recovery plan and restructure”, with new technical director James Key also set to join McLaren later in 2019. This also marks a return for the 43-year-old Seidl in F1 after his last work with BMW Motorsport between 2000 and 2009 season.
Brown said Seidl was “a highly capable leader with a track record of success” and added: “It is another important step in our F1 performance recovery plan and long-term commitment to F1.”
“This is an enormous privilege and challenge, which I am ready for and committed to,” said Seidl.
“I can’t wait to join the team and begin working with my colleagues at McLaren, our partners at Renault and, of course, Carlos and Lando.” Seidl’s joining had been in reports for months with the team finally confirming the news.
After switching to Renault engines following a disastrous spell powered by Honda at the start of F1’s V6 hybrid era, McLaren improved to a sixth-place finish in last year’s constructors’ standings. The team finished sixth of 10 teams in the constructors’ championship, but 80% of their points were scored by two-time champion Fernando Alonso, who left F1 at the end of 2018 and will race for the newly established McLaren team at the Indianapolis 500 this May.
It will also field a revised driver line-up of Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris in 2019 following the retirement of double world champion Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne’s departure due to poor results.
Seidl is the fourth new management appointment since July, with three top-level figures having left as a consequence of McLaren’s poor performance last season.