Seidl named McLaren's new managing director
German Andreas Seidl has been confirmed as the new managing director of McLaren.
The 43-year-old will work under current team principal Zak Brown, although he will not officially join McLaren until later in 2019, as the Woking-based outfit are yet to agree on a leaving date with Porsche where Seidl has been working as part of their World Endurance Championship team.
Seidl has previous experience of working in F1, as he was part of BMW’s team between 2000-09 and Brown feels the arrival of the German is another step in the right direction as McLaren continue restructuring their backroom team.
"It is another important step in our F1 performance recovery plan and long-term commitment to F1," Brown was quoted as saying by the BBC.
Seidl is certainly excited to be joining McLaren and he feels they are capable of returning to the top of the sport after a number of years in the shadows of the likes of Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull.
"This is an enormous privilege and challenge," Seidl said. "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."
Tom McGarry completed his sports journalist degree in 2011,and has since has become an integral part of the editorial and audio team. He is passionate about all things sport, particularly football, and is a lifelong supporter of his hometown club Carlisle United.