McLaren hire new boss as Andreas Seidl leaves on wild day of F1 moves

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McLaren has announced Andreas Seidl will leave the team with Andrea Stella promoted to team principal. Seidl has been linked with a role at Sauber to replace the departing Fredieric Vasseur who has joined Ferrari in place of Mattia Binotto. 

McLaren have opted for an in-house replacement with Stella part of the team since 2015 after joining from Ferrari. McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown said: “I’m delighted that Andrea Stella will step into the Team Principal role and lead our F1 technical and operational programme. 

“Andrea is a highly talented, experienced and respected member of our team with a strong track record of leadership and success in Formula One. His move into this role is a great example of the strength in depth we have in our team, and I’m excited to be working more closely with him with a joint focus on moving up the grid and winning races.

“I’ve really enjoyed working with Andreas. He has provided great leadership for the team and has played a significant part in our F1 performance recovery plan and ongoing journey to return to the front of the grid. I thank him for the transparency throughout the process which gave us time to plan accordingly.”

Seidl has previously worked for Volkswagen having led Pirache to le mans 24 Hours success as team boss between 2015 and 2017. He explained: “It is great to join the Sauber Group from January: this is a team with a rich history in Formula One and an organisation I know really well from my time working and living in Hinwil for four years. 

“I can’t wait to join the team and work with all the colleagues at the Sauber Group on the ambitious goals we have set together. I want to thank Finn Rausing and everyone at the Sauber Group for their choice: I am looking forward to repaying their trust with my work.”

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