McLaren puts ex-Porsche man Seidl in charge of F1!

  • McLaren puts ex-Porsche man Seidl in charge of F1!

McLaren puts ex-Porsche man Seidl in charge of F1!

The German engineer enjoyed a very successful spell at the helm of Porsche's LMP1 squad, overseeing the manufacturer's success in the World Endurance Championship and at Le Mans. It has now been confirmed that he will become the managing director of the F1 team.

"This is an enormous privilege and challenge, which I am ready for and committed to, said Seidl, who boast plenty of F1 experience, having worked at BMW Motorsport from 2000 and 2006, then at BMW Sauber as head of track operations until 2009".

Former champions McLaren finished sixth overall last season and have carried out a series of management changes in the past year as they seek to return to the top.

'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'.

"To have an opportunity to contribute to the McLaren legacy is extremely special and inspiring", he added.

Despite their poor recent record in F1, Brown is keen for McLaren to expand into other areas of motor racing, with the British team entering a auto into this year's Indianapolis 500. That left only head of aerodynamics Peter Prodromou still in situ of three men who had headed McLaren's design department at the start of the season.

46-year-old Seidl is the latest addition as a result of senior management changes within the F1 team - with James Key set to join as technical director later this year - and says the personnel are in place to move McLaren closer to the likes of Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull.

Key will start work for McLaren this year, probably in the spring or early summer, once he has finished his "gardening leave" from former employers Toro Rosso. Former Indy 500 victor Gil de Ferran was installed as sporting director following Boullier's departure but his appointment never seemed to be a long-term solution to the team's problems.

McLaren's changes have been prompted by its dismal 2018 campaign.

Instead, McLaren had the second slowest auto on average.

The once-dominant British-based team have not won a race since 2012 and have an all-new driver lineup this year in young Spaniard Carlos Sainz and British 19-year-old rookie Lando Norris.

The good news is that McLaren has no intention of leaving F1.

De Ferran's role will expand to take in the IndyCar programme and, potentially in the future, a world sportscar entry.